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Home of the U.S. Open to be converted to a field hospital

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US Open center to be field hospitalThe tennis complex that hosts the U.S. Open will by next week become a field hospital to treat coronavirus patients — part of a race to build more beds and relieve New York City's health care facilities, where a top official said all indicators are “flashing red.”

The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens will host a 350-bed hospital, Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a visit to the site Tuesday — and unlike other emergency hospitals opened in the city so far, it will be able to treat patients suffering from Covid-19.

The number of coronavirus cases in New York City surpassed 40,000 on Tuesday — a quarter of the cases in the entire country — and 932 New Yorkers have died.

“We all know we are racing against time right now,” de Blasio said.

The city has begun to receive more aid from the federal government, but is still far short of the equipment it needs. The mayor appealed for oral surgeons, plastic surgeons, and veterinarians to turn over their ventilators to the city.

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