Gov. Bill Lee visits COVID-19 alternative care site in Memphis

Updated: May. 18, 2020 at 11:10 AM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee visited Memphis Monday to tour an alternative care site for COVID-19 patients.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers assisted in transforming the old Commercial Appeal building at 495 Union Ave. into a 400-bed facility for COVID-19 patients in a matter of weeks.

Construction wrapped up late last week, but the facility is not yet open to patients.

The facility was fitted with everything from emergency capabilities, a patient isolation unit and an ambulance ramp.

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