BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Baltimore Convention Center will serve as a field hospital as the number of coronavirus cases grow in Maryland.
Gov. Larry Hogan tweeted Saturday that 250 beds were delivered to the convention center by FEMA.READ MORE: 14 Students, 1 Teacher Killed In Shooting At Texas Elementary School, Governor Says
“I’d like to thank FEMA, the [Maryland National Guard], [Maryland General Services], the Maryland Health Department, UMMS and Hopkins Medicine and all of our partners working around the clock to coordinate these lifesaving resources,” Hogan tweeted.
This morning, @FEMA delivered 250 beds to the field hospital site at the Baltimore Convention Center. I’d like to thank @FEMA, the @MDNG, @MDDGS, @MDHealthDept, @UMMS, @HopkinsMedicine, and all of our partners working around the clock to coordinate these lifesaving resources. pic.twitter.com/N66TljHHxo
— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) March 28, 2020
Hogan made the announcement earlier this week and took a tour of the facilities.
“My administration is marshaling every tool in the arsenal of public health to combat the spread of this pandemic. A week ago we launched our plan to increase hospital capacity by an additional 6,000 beds, in order to meet the demand created by the escalating virus,” Gov. Hogan said at a press conference Monday morning.READ MORE: Crash Between Tractor-Trailers Closes Lanes In Fort McHenry Tunnel, One Hospitalized
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On Saturday night, Gov. Hogan reported an outbreak of coronavirus cases at a nursing home in Carroll County in which 66 people tested positive for COVID-19.
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