Convention Center Becomes Alternate Care Site

The Walter E. Washington Convention Center was equipped as a alternate care site. Photo: Courtesy Ashley Forrester/ Events DC

The Walter E. Convention Center has been converted into an alternate care site to support the District’s coronavirus (COVID-19) medical surge response. The Convention Center’s Hall A can now accommodate 437 beds and is ready to accept 100 patients.

The site is fully stocked with general medical and emergency medical supplies, including: items from two federal medical station caches, 50 Cardiac Monitors and 50 AEDs, pharmaceuticals from the Strategic National Stockpile, ability to do onsite radiology and ultrasounds, multiple nurse stations with easy access to patient rooms and Nurse call system that alerts staff to emergencies in each care space, shower or bathroom. T

he site also includes dedicated patient showers; dedicated staff showers and lounge area; dedicated fire alarm system; dedicated IT networks for staff, patients and equipment; dedicated oxygen system and multiple redundant power backups.

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