Surge planning is underway in Tennessee right now.
The Knoxville Expos Center in East Tennessee is one of the larger arenas being converted into a temporary hospital for COVID-19 patients in need as fears increase over hospital bed space. Governor Bill Lee stated...
The Knoxville, Expo Center has 80,000 square feet of what is normally labeled "Exhibit Space" that will be converted into a hospital type setting over the next three weeks.
The Music City Center in downtown Nashville will be transformed into a COVID Positive Non-Acute Alternate Healthcare Facility. It will serve COVID patients who need hospital care, but do not require critical care. The current plan for the Music City Center is to provide more than 1600 Patient Care Spaces.
The Chattanooga Convention Center will also serve as a COVID positive Alternate Healthcare facility.
In Memphis, Gateway Shopping Center will be transformed into a patient care facility while additional sites in Shelby County are being actively assessed to ensure capacity as Memphis is considered a hotspot.
The goal is to have 7,000 additional hospital beds in the Volunteer state. Additional facilities are being looked into for more temporary hospital bed space at this time.