Detroit Coronavirus Information

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Michigan’s first alternate care facility, the TCF Regional Care Center, is officially open.

The facility opened Friday (April 10) in downtown Detroit to provide critical care to COVID-19 patients. The Center will take up to 25 patients Friday and up to 250 patients by the end of next week.

Converting the TCF convention center into a medical facility took nine days, thanks to the help of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District. The Center will accommodate 970 bed spaces across two floors for COVID-19 patients.

“Michigan is the state where innovation meets hard work, and the incredible efforts of all those involved to get this medical facility operational in under two weeks – from every level of government to health systems and partners all across Detroit – prove that once again,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in a statement.

“The TCF Regional Care Center will save lives and ensure those suffering some of the worst cases of COVID-19 get the critical care they need as cases in the state continue to grow,” she added.

The Henry Ford Health System, McLaren Health Care, Beaumont Health and the Detroit Medical Center are partnering to offer the critical support, staffing and resources at the TCF Regional Care Center.

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