U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tours Buffalo convention center as possible COVID-19 mass hospital

More than 80 events cancelled at convention center this year.
Posted at 3:03 PM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 15:03:28-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — On Friday, members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District toured the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center with representatives from Erie County and the center's director.

The team is touring sites around the region to determine if they are suitable for a mass COVID-19 hospital, and the convention center is being considered.

According to a tweet from Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, the center's suitability to be a mass hospital site "looks promising."

In addition to the convention center site, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has toured other sites in the region, including in western Pennsylvania.

As of Friday, there are 245 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Erie County. There are 44,635 in New York State. It's unclear whether a mass COVID-19 hospital in the area would only treat local patients, or if patients would come from other regions.