Remember a few months back, when Fresno was considering using the Fresno Fairgrounds as a field hospital for COVID-19 patients? In case you’ve forgotten, that plan went to ashes when the state denied that plan, forcing Fresno to consider an alternative site: The Convention Center. It actually opened up in May, but never saw any COVID-19 patients. COVID-19 seemed to be dying down, so that facility entered a warm shutdown, ready to be used just in case.
However, since Fresno among other counties were so quick to reopen, COVID-19 backdrafted; cases and hospitalizations exploded in most of the Central Valley. Now, Fresno is consideing on reopening the Convention Center as a field hospital. We’re definitely going to need it, because this resurge of COVID-19 is far expansive than the initial outbreak. Other counties areprobably going to need this capacity too; some such as San Joaquin have had their ICUs maxed out weeks ago.