FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — The Fresno Convention Center will be home to a 250-bed temporary hospital in the coming days to help alleviate strain on area hospitals in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Fresno County officials.
The convention center was chosen after the state selected the county to host a temporary hospital supplied by the federal government that is intended to alleviate demand on area emergency rooms and intensive care units so area hospitals can focus on coronavirus cases, said county spokesman Jordan Scott.
The hospital will care for non-COVID-19 cases and is expected to include beds, medical equipment and personal protective equipment for staff and patients.
The site will be staffed by local healthcare professionals.
“We welcome this valuable resource that will help hospitals provide necessary care to COVID-19 patients here in Fresno and throughout our Central Valley region should the need arise,” said Fresno County District Four Supervisor and Board Chairman, Buddy Mendes. “As this pandemic continues to evolve, we must ensure we have the capacity in place to treat those in need and ease the demands on our emergency systems and hospitals so that they can most effectively treat the most severe cases.”
Fresno County officials are working closely with local health care providers and neighboring counties to assess their needs and determine how resources at the temporary hospital will be allocated.
There are currently a total of 224 reported cases of coronavirus in the central San Joaquin Valley and 176 cases in Kern County.
COVID-19 resource links:
- Fresno County
- Tulare County
- Madera County
- Mariposa County
- Merced County
- Kings County
- Kern County
- World Health Organization
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response