Mayor Opens Convention Health Care Facility – Bullet Points from Today’s Press Briefing
by Larry Janezich
Today, Mayor Bowser announced the opening of the DC Convention Center as an alternate care site to support DC’s COVID-19 surge response. The site can accommodate 437 beds and is ready to accept 100 patients this week. It will begin accepting low-acuity patients when DC hospitals approach surge bed capacity.
The Mayor took questions from the press following the announcement.
- Children’s Hospital has seen one case of the rare inflammatory reaction among children that has befallen 73 children in New York.
- A decision about extending the Shelter in Place
- Current hospital capacity without surge is at 71%.
- Expect a late May peek for hospitalization.
- Nursing homes are not allowed to decline admission because of the Covid-19 status.
- DC Health Lab has a capacity of between 300 and 500 tests per day. The highest number of tests administered in one day so far has been 289. A total of 30,000 tests have been administered so far from all venues in the city, including private labs and hospitals.
- A decision about extending the shelter in place order will come this week.