Cuomo calls for construction of field hospitals

March 23, 2020

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called on the White House to deploy the Army Corps of Engineers to start erecting field hospitals to contend with the spreading coronavirus crisis, according to an article on the NBC News website.

“It’s only a matter of time before our states' ICU beds fill up,” Cuomo said. “The federal government must act.”

The Army Corps of Engineers has “tremendous capacity,” Cuomo said at a news conference. “This is what they do, this is what they do. They build hospitals.”

“Get us backup beds so when the hospital is overwhelmed, we can have some of the people who are in hospital beds go to a backup facility,” he said. 

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