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Central Park And Home Of Tennis' US Open To House Hospital Beds For New York

Added 03-30-20 11:07:02pm EST - “The East Meadow in Central Park and a training facility at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Queens are scheduled to become makeshift hospitals while regular facilities are strained by COVID-19.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Central Park And Home Of Tennis' US Open To House Hospital Beds For New York”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Volunteers from the relief organization Samaritan's Purse set up an emergency field hospital in New York's Central Park on Monday. Bryan R. Smith/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

Volunteers from the relief organization Samaritan's Purse set up an emergency field hospital in New York's Central Park on Monday.

As New York City's hospitals begin to buckle under the weight of the coronavirus crisis, two public spaces that are popular recreation spots in better times are being turned into field hospitals.

One such facility has been set up in Central Park, in the East Meadow. It's a grassy space normally populated by sunbathers, but as of Tuesday, it will be a 68-bed respiratory care unit opened in partnership between the relief organization Samaritan's Purse and Mount Sinai Health System.

Another is about to be built at the home of the US Open Grand Slam tennis tournament. The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that the city will build a 350-bed space in Queens, at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center located in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, which is also the largest public tennis facility in the world.

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