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Detroit convention center being turned into COVID-19 care facility

A U.S. Army member assembles medical equipment at the TCF Center in Detroit on April 6, 2020.
A U.S. Army member assembles medical equipment at the TCF Center in Detroit on April 6, 2020. (WDIV)

DETROIT – We got a look at the progress of turning a Detroit convention center into a coronavirus (COVID-19) care facility on Monday.

The Army Corps of Engineers, construction crews from the TCF Center workforce and union labor are working to create a space that can accommodate around 1,000 beds.

The site will relieve some of the burden on Metro Detroit hospitals overflowing with COVID-19 patients.

Officials said the TCF Center alternate care site is tracking to be one of the fastest builds in the country, given the experience of the workforce, the quality of the facility and the technology upgrades made during its $279 million renovation.

Related: Wayne County COVID-19 data: Tracking cases, deaths

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The TCF Center in Downtown Detroit being transformed into an alternate care facility for coronavirus (COVID-19) patients.


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Dave Bartkowiak Jr. is the digital managing editor for ClickOnDetroit.