New York Auto Show Venue Becomes A Hospital Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
NYIAS postponed until Augustby Ciprian Florea, on
New York’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center should have been preparing to host the 2020 New York Auto Show this time of the year, but instead it will be turned into a field hospital for COVID-19 patients.
Local authorities announced that the center will be ready to receive patients in seven to 10 days. The 2020 New York Auto Show was originally scheduled to open on April 10, but it was postponed to late August due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Javits Center to house at least five hospital units
The convention center will become home to four 250-bed hospital units, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo revealed during a press conference on March 24.
The hospitals will be built by FEMA and will cover 40,000 square feet. Additionally, the Army Corps of Engineers is working on a fifth hospital with 1,000 beds. Overall, the Jacob Javits Convention Center will eventually house at least 2,000 patients.
The decision comes after New York has become one of the hardest-hit states by the COVID-19 outbreak. No fewer than 26,376 cases have been reported in the state of New York on March 25, almost half of the total 55,225 cases in the United States.
Almost 16,000 cases have been confirmed in the city of New York, as well as 192 deaths.
As the number of patients threatens to overwhelm New York’s healthcare system, the state is looking to set up temporary hospitals in Westchester County’s convention center and at two state university campuses on Long Island.
2020 New York Auto Show postponed until late August
The New York International Auto Show has been taking place in April since, well, forever. With the Detroit Auto Show moved from January to June starting 2020, New York was supposed to host North America’s first major car show of the year.
But last week it was announced that the event was postponed until August, when the Javits Center is supposed to be able to return to its traditional use. However, as the spread of the novel coronavirus keeps accelerating, NYIAS could be postponed beyond August 2020 or even cancelled altogether.
The 2020 Detroit Auto Show, which is supposed to take place in June, could also be postponed (or even cancelled). It remains unclear whether auto shows scheduled to take place this autumn, like the ones from Los Angeles and Las Vegas (SEMA), will take place as planned. Of course, it all depends on how this pandemic evolves over the next couple of months.