As the World Congress Center site was designed to do, Milledgeville’s pop-up hospital will take in overflow patients with mild to moderate symptoms who don’t need ventilators or critical care. With cases spiking throughout the country and in pockets of rural Georgia, health experts are warning that hospitals could be overrun with patients all over again.
However, Lisa Rodriguez-Presley, a spokeswoman for the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency, said the change is being made because of geographic needs, so patients can be more easily transferred from all corners of the state, and because the 200-bed temporary hospital at the Georgia World Congress Center has seen minimal usage.
The Atlanta facility, which opened in April, is being dismantled. Its remaining 120 beds and other unused equipment will be placed in storage at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth, where it can be pulled out and put to use quickly should the need arise somewhere else in the state, GEMA said.