State agencies, National Guard, Army Corps checking out options for hospital beds if coronavirus outbreak worsens

Delaware National Guard photo via Facebook

Delaware agencies and the Army Corps of Engineers are looking at options in the event of a big surge in coronavirus cases.

The assessments are taking place throughout the nation,  especially in areas near the epicenter of the outbreak, New York City.

Neighboring Philadelphia has been doing similar work and looked at the now-closed Hahnemann University Hospital in Center City. Chilling evidence of the extent of preparations came with plans to obtain refrigerated truck trailers in the event that deaths spike and existing morgues run out of space.


Negotiations with the hospital’s owner broke down over the condition of the hospital and the costs of opening the facility. The city instead worked out a deal with Temple University for use of their arena.

So far, Philadelphia has reported three deaths, with Delaware reporting two.

Delaware, like other states, has a limited number of intensive care unit beds, which would be needed in the event of severe cases of the disease. The state currently has 20 individuals hospitalized.

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