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200-bed hospital for COVID-19 patients being constructed at World Congress Center

The facility is being readied for a potential patient surge, according to Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp.

ATLANTA — The state of Georgia has entered into a contract with the Virginia-based supply firm PAE to build a 200-hospital bed alternate care facility at the Georgia World Congress Center.

“Across Georgia, we have partnered with existing healthcare infrastructure to greatly expand our surge capacity, and now we have a dedicated team building out a temporary facility at the Georgia World Congress Center for potential COVID-19 patient surge,” said Gov. Brian Kemp in a release on Sunday afternoon.

The Georgia National Guard, GEMA, the Department of Community Health, Georgia Department of Public Health, and contractors will begin to prepare the GWCC for a potential COVID-19 patient surge for mild to moderate illness levels, excluding ventilator support.

“We are working around the clock to prepare for future needs and ensure the health and well-being of our state. I am truly honored to have Georgia’s best, brightest, and most dedicated public servants working on this critically important project," Kemp said.

Credit: Office of Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp
Staff from the Georgia National Guard, Georgia Dept. of Public Health and the Georgia World Congress Center examine facilities at the GWCC ahead of making the space ready for a 200-bed COVID-19 treatment facility.

The team will utilize contract medical staffing to prepare for surge leading up to the state's projected peak date -- currently anticipated to be around April 26, according to IHME.

RELATED: Coronavirus in Georgia: 12,452 confirmed cases, with 433 deaths reported

The project at GWCC will leverage existing support through Grady Memorial Hospital with its initial operating capacity available within one week. Over the next few days, Gov. Kemp says he plans to provide more details about the facility.

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