12 US COVID Field Hospitals Constructed at $532 Million Are Standing Down Having Treated 82 Patients
That works out to $6.5 million per patient
The US allocated and spent $660 million for the US Army Corps of Engineers to build (largely through private contractors) 17 field hospitals for the prophesied surge in Covid-19 patients.
Of these four never opened. Of the 13 completed 9 have yet to treat a single patient, while the other four have treated 6, 37, 39 and 1095 patients respectively.
Excluding the hospital improvised in New York’s Javits Center which has a capacity for 1900 patents but treated 1095, the other 12 completed hospitals treated 82 patients combined. Many have now closed.
Yeah, this is just like the BLACK DEATH.
MAXIMUM BEDS UNDER CONTRACT*
|SUNY Stony Brook||Stony Brook, N.Y.||Turner Construction Co.||$155,500,000||1,038||0|
|SUNY Old Westbury||Old Westbury, N.Y.||AECOM Technical Services Inc.||$118,504,737||1,022||0|
|McCormick Place||Chicago||Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority||$65,526,533||3,000||37|
|Westchester County Center||White Plains, N.Y.||Haugland Energy Group LLC||$46,971,895||100||0|
|Colorado Convention Center||Denver||ECC Environmental LLC||$34,609,792||2,000||0|
|Walter Washington Convention Center||Washington, D.C.||Hensel Phelps Construction Co.||$31,793,893||443||Not yet complete|
|Commercial Appeal Building||Memphis, Tenn.||AECOM Technical Services Inc.||$26,134,527||40||Not yet complete|
|Miami Beach Convention Center||Miami Beach, Fla.||The Robins & Morton Group||$25,925,692||450||0|
|Sherman Hospital||Elgin, Ill.||Turner Construction Co.||$18,255,251||283||0|
|Westlake Hospital||Melrose Park, Ill.||Bulley & Andrews||$16,391,366||314||0|
|MetroSouth Medical Center||Blue Island, Ill.||Clark Construction Group LLC||$14,989,955||350||0|
|Wisconsin State Fair Expo Center||West Allis, Wis.||Gilbane Inc.||$14,912,326||530||0|
|The Ranch Events Complex||Loveland, Colo.||AECOM Technical Services Inc.||$13,331,415||1,007||Not yet complete|
|Suburban Collection Showplace||Novi, Mich.||Gilbane Federal||$11,754,262||1,100||6|
|Javits Center||New York City||New York Convention Center Operating Corporation||$11,364,953||1,900||1,095|
|East Orange General Hospital||East Orange, N.J.||Cutting Edge Group LLC||$10,993,404||250||Not yet complete|
|TCF Center||Detroit||Gilbane Inc.||$9,452,813||1,000||39|
“All those field hospitals and available beds sit empty today,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, said last month. “And that’s a very, very good thing.”
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, said: “These 1,000-bed alternate care sites are not necessary; they’re not filled. Thank God.”
Senior military leaders also said the effort was a success — even if the beds sit empty. Gen. John Hyten, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was asked at a news conference if it bothered him to see the field hospitals go unused.
“For gosh sakes, no,” Hyten said. “If you see beds full, that means the local capacity of the local hospitals to handle this [has] been overwhelmed. And now we’re into an emergency situation.”
The Army Corps started building more than 30 field hospitals, retrofitting convention centers and erecting climate-controlled tents, in mid-March. Agency officials pushed to get these facilities done fast — limiting the bidding process and often negotiating directly with contractors they knew could deliver on time.
“I tell our guys, you have three weeks,” Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, commander of the Army Corps of Engineers, said at a Pentagon news briefing in March. “You get as much as you can [get] done in three weeks. And then the mission is complete. We have a narrow window of opportunity. If we don’t leverage that window of opportunity, we’re gonna miss it.”