Governor Northam announced three locations where the Army Corp of Engineers will begin working to convert large, existing spaces to hospitals to be used when the surge of coronavirus patients hits Virginia. The Governor predicts the surge to be in the next 4 to 8 weeks. Work on the sites is expected to be completed in 6 to 8 weeks.
The three sites will add between 1,107 and 1,848 hospital beds. From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
The Dulles Expo Center in Northern Virginia, which can accommodate 315 acute or 510 non-acute beds, the Hampton Roads Convention Center, with 360 acute or 580 non-acute beds, and the Richmond Convention Center, with 432 acute or 758 non-acute beds.
These sites were chosen because of their locations in the areas of the state with clusters of COVID-19 infection.