Missouri is moving forward with its first alternate care site for COVID-19 patients, according to Governor Mike Parson. In his Wednesday press briefing, Parson said a hotel in Florissant, in the St. Louis region, is being converted to a care facility and could be used as early as next week if needed.
He said the care site will assist hospitals in the St. Louis region treating an increased number of COVID-19 cases.
The Missouri National Guard was on-site Wednesday to start the preconstruction process, and construction is expected to begin this weekend.
If necessary, Parson said, the Florissant site could accommodate more than 100 people and would be used for those who test positive for COVID-19 with mild or no symptoms. It would also house those exposed to COVID-19 who have been identified and referred by health care professionals as requiring treatment but not hospitalization. Hospitals could also transfer recovering patients there who no longer need acute care but still require medical assistance.