High school gym in New Mexico reopens as coronavirus hospital

April 29, 2020

A high school in Gallup, New Mexico, recently reopened its gym as a 60-bed alternative care facility for coronavirus patients, according to an article on the AP News website.

Vinyl flooring and rubber pads were fixed to the gym floor, swamp coolers were placed on the roof to provide cool air, and two large exhaust ducts were installed to provide proper ventilation and separate dirty and clean air.

The gym now features 60 patient pods separated by medical curtains, which each include one electrical outlet, an Ethernet jack, lighting and oxygen.  Laundry sinks are also positioned throughout the gym as hand-washing stations.

Other places in the school are also being transformed, such as locker rooms to shower rooms, classrooms to medical staff lounges and storage and the snack bar to a pharmacy.

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