Focus: Infection Control

Javits Center Hospital set to close

May 8, 2020

The 2,500-bed federal hospital at the Jacob K. Javits Center in Manhattan was set to close May 1 after transferring its last patients back to local hospitals, according to an article on the Patch website.

"Planning is ongoing for the drawdown of federal resources that are no longer needed due to the flattening of the curve. The remaining patients at the Jacob Javits Center are expected to be discharged or transferred today," the FEMA spokesman said in a statement.

The Javits Center hospital was originally established to take overflow patients from local hospitals, but its mission was eventually modified to treat coronavirus-positive patients at the request of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Cuomo said he spoke with President Donald Trump about keeping the makeshift hospital facilities operating in New York in case the state sees a "second wave" of coronavirus infections.

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