An indoor training area in Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, which hosts tennis' U.S. Open annually in Queens, New York, will house a temporary 350-bed facility in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A spokesman for New York City's emergency management office told the Post that the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park site will likely be for non-COVID-19 patients, although that is subject to change based on need. Construction is slated to begin Tuesday.
Widmaier also said that Louis Armstrong Stadium, which is located in the complex, will be designated for meal packaging. The goal is to make 25,000 meals for those in need, including patients, public school children and healthcare workers.
The news about the tennis center's newfound purpose comes in light of makeshift hospitals appearing in New York, which has 38,087 confirmed cases as of Monday at 4:30 p.m., per the state's health department.
A 68-bed hospital is being constructed in Manhattan's Central Park, per Ron Lee of NY1.
Per Marsh and Lapin, the Army Corps of Engineers turned Manhattan's Javits Center into a 2,910-bed facility, and the 1,000-bed USNS Comfort hospital ship has docked in New York Harbor.