The Dayton Convention Center is one of six locations in Ohio that could soon become temporary hospitals for COVID-19 patients.
The Dayton Convention Center has been chosen as one of six potential makeshift hospital locations across Ohio as Dayton area hospitals expect a surge of COVID-19 patients.
The other locations are Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Covelli Convention Center in Youngstown, SeaGate Convention Centre in Toledo, and Case Western University’s Health Education Campus in Cleveland.
Dr. Amy Acton, Director of the Ohio Department of Health said in Monday's coronavirus update that high-acuity patients would remain in hospitals, while the temporary facilities would be for patients needing less acute care.
The Ohio Department of Health says that at the peak of the coronavirus pandemic the state could see 10,000 new cases of COVID-19 a day.
Dr. Acton warned that there was going to be a surge, and we're going to have a couple of hard weeks ahead, but that she wanted people to be optimistic.
"Our social distancing has absolutely had an impact," Acton said. "The moves we're making are taking so much pressure off our hospital system. We are making a difference but we cannot let up. The second we let up, it unravels."
There have now been 142 deaths across the state, an increase of 23 over the previous day, the largest increase in deaths to date. The total number of cases in Ohio has risen to 4,450, with 1,214 requiring hospitalization.