Georgia World Congress Center

The Georgia World Congress Center is becoming an alternate hospital as more people in the state become sick with COVID-19. The state expects the number of cases to peak around April 26.

Gov. Brian Kemp’s office announced Sunday via a press release the state will contract with PAE to add 200 beds to a facility normally reserved for trade shows, athletic events and conventions.

“Across Georgia, we have partnered with existing healthcare infrastructure to greatly expand our surge capacity, and now we have a dedicated team building out a temporary facility at the Georgia World Congress Center for potential COVID-19 patient surge,” Kemp said.

The Georgia National Guard, Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency, Department of Community Health, Department of Public Health, and contractors will begin work immediately on the facility that will care for patients with COVID-19 who may require hospitalization but not care in the intensive care unit or use of a ventilator.

The facility will receive the support of nearby Grady Hospital and should be operational within a week.