DALLAS, Tex. – A Dallas convention center will serve as a temporary hospital to house new beds during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Sunday, March 29, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas will be the location for a ‘pop-up hospital.’
A press release from Abbott’s office stated additional sites may be announced if Texas’ hospital resources are “exhausted.”
The news came as the number of COVID-19 cases in the state doubled last week.
Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson said he was “grateful” for the state’s assistance.
“The availability of hospital beds will be crucial to saving lives in the event of a surge in COVID-19 cases,” Johnson said in a written statement. “We will continue to work with Governor Abbott to ensure Dallas has the necessary resources to help us through these difficult times.”