As the coronavirus curve flattens, officials from the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois announced they are cutting 2,000 beds from the temporary medical center at McCormick Place.
Originally, 3,000 beds were planned for the site, but now that the number of cases is growing at a slower rate, fewer beds are needed. Governor J.B. Pritzker has said he expects the illness to peak in Illinois in mid-May.
McCormick Place has accepted a small number of patients who are not severely ill and who can walk on their own. As of April 21, according to Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, there were fewer than a dozen patients who were treated at the McCormick facility.
Illinois health officials have said they prepared McCormick Place for the worst scenario but flattening the curve has helped lessen the need for the facility.
Dr. Nick Turkle, executive director of the McCormick Place alternate care site and a former CEO of Advocate Aurora Health states, “Our belief is we're here through this wave, and we'll take direction from our hospital partners, McCormick Place, the city, and state as we evaluate how long that is, but eventually we need to return McCormick Place to being a convention center.”
For more information, please read the Chicago Tribune article, Officials Scale Back McCormick Place plans.
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