The makeshift hospital at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York is being closed as the final patient has left the facility. The site of the US Open Grand Slam tennis tournament was used to build a makeshift hospital in March to help New York city to deal with the high number of coronavirus cases in the city.
Twelve tennis courts at the site's Indoor Training Center were transformed into supplemental hospital space to accommodate 470 patients. Billie Jean King National Tennis Center chief operating officer Danny Zausner commented, ""The hospital has officially closed, and we are currently in the shutting-down mode."
"Crews will be in there for the next three to four weeks disassembling, sanitising and getting us ready to open up for indoor business when we can. "I’m elated this part is over, so we know we’re headed in the right direction."
The venue is still being used to distribute food packages for coronavirus patients, healthcare workers and schoolchildren. Food production is expected to have ended by May 22. The US Open is currently scheduled to run from August 24 to September 13, but a decision on whether the tournament would be held or not will take place in June.
There have been some reports that the tournament could be moved to Indian Wells or Orlando . The professional tours have announced that all tennis events till the end of July have been suspended.