Army plans to turn NYC hotel, dorm rooms into coronavirus hospitals

Members of the National Guard at a coronavirus drive-through testing site on Staten Island.
Members of the National Guard at a coronavirus drive-through testing site on Staten Island

New York’s beleaguered hotel industry is getting drafted to help out in the disease outbreak that threatens its very survival.

The US Army Corps of Engineers has plans to take over as many as 10,000 hotel rooms, college dormitories and other spaces in New York for medical services as the number of coronavirus hospitalizations rises exponentially, the Wall Street Journal reported.

With hotels practically empty — the 1,878-room Hilton Midtown is completely shut down — the city’s hospitality business has been hammered by the virus-driven halt in tourism, events and conventions. The drop-off for hotels is worse than after 9/11 or during the 2008 financial crisis, operators say.

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1 Response to Army plans to turn NYC hotel, dorm rooms into coronavirus hospitals

  1. Mike Reagan says:

    2nd, 1st, 4th, 5th and now the 3rd? you’d think people would learn.

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