Kemp: 200 COVID-19 beds headed to Georgia World Congress Center
ATLANTA—The State of Georgia has executed a contract with PAE to build a 200-hospital bed alternate care facility at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC), state officials announced today(April 12) .
Officials say they are preparing for the patient surge expected this month. Georgia’s total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has reached 12,550, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health’s web site as of April 12. Officials say 2,518(20.06%) have been hospitalized and 442 (3.52%) deaths have been reported.
“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. Kemp. “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.”
Starting immediately, the Georgia National Guard, Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency, Department of Community Health, Department of Public Health, and contractors will begin to prepare GWCC for potential COVID-19 patient surge for mild to moderate (non-ICU) illness levels excluding ventilator support.
The team will utilize contract medical staffing to prepare for surge leading up to the state’s projected peak date, currently set for April 26, according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. This project at GWCC will leverage existing support through nearby Grady Memorial Hospital with initial operating capacity available in one week. Over the next few days, Gov. Kemp will provide more details as construction gets under way.
Below are the confirmed COVID-19 Cases for On Common Ground News coverage areas:
Fulton 1,495 50; Deaths: 50
Gwinnett 701; Deaths: 19
DeKalb 893 ;Deaths: 14
Rockdale 92; Deaths: 2
Newton 82; Deaths 3