The Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas, Texas, will be the first alternative location in the state to care for coronavirus patients, although it is currently not needed, Gov. Greg Abbott said at a press conference Sunday.
The convention center has the capacity for 250 beds with room to expand if needed. More facilities like hotels and arenas throughout the state are being identified as potential coronavirus-care locations.
Currently, there are more than 16,000 hospital beds available for coronavirus patients in Texas. The number of hospitalized currently is less than 2% of available room capacity, according to Abbott.