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PHOTOS: Inside Columbus Convention Center to be used as surge site during coronavirus response

Photographs shared by the Central Ohio Hospital Council show what work is being done inside the Greater Columbus Convention Center, which will be used as a surge site for hospitals during the coronavirus pandemic.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Photographs shared by the Central Ohio Hospital Council show what work is being done inside the Greater Columbus Convention Center, which will be used as a surge site for hospitals during the coronavirus pandemic.

The council said the site will be used in the event there is a surge of patients needing treatment by local hospitals.

The photos provide a look at temporary walls set up sectioning off small areas in one of the convention halls.

The council said the site will be used to house patients from Mount Carmel, OhioHealth, and the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, if needed.

In a statement last month, the council said, "Current pandemic planning shows that Nationwide Children’s Hospital may not need an external surge site, but there is ample space to accommodate Children’s patients at the Convention Center if that were necessary."

“It will look more like a field hospital. People who require a hospital will be in a hospital,” Dr. Bob Falcone, CEO of the Columbus Medical Association, told 10TV last week.

People would not be able to walk up to the center for care.

They would need to be referred there by a hospital.

Dr. Falcone said up to 1,000 people could bre treated at the convention center.

PHOTOS: Inside Columbus Convention Center to be used as surge site during coronavirus response