Wisconsin Center District making plans to open alternative hospital to house patients

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, officials with the Wisconsin Center District are making plans to open an alternative hospital inside of their facilities to house patients. 

The Wisconsin Center is one of two options that could be turned into a makeshift hospital for patients. 

Officials say the other option is a facility on the Wisconsin State Fair Park grounds. 

They say the Wisconsin Center could hold 1,200 beds and 12 enclosed pods. After federal approval, the Army Corps of Engineers would need 10-14 days to get the facility ready.

There is no exact timeline right now of when it would be up and running. 

It would not be used to house patients who require hospital stays and not for those who need to be on ventilators. 

With the announcement of the 2020 Democratic National Convention (DNC) moving to August, CEO Marty Brooks said they are working to move previously scheduled events that were set for that time to other dates to accommodate the DNC. 

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