LAREDO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A hotel in Texas is being converted into an alternative site to treat COVID-19 patients in an effort to provide relief to local hospitals.
KGNS-TV reports a Red Roof Inn in Laredo will be providing more than 100 rooms for non-critical patients. The goal would be to give relief to hospitals that are at capacity due to a surge in new cases.READ MORE: Freezing Temps Force Some COVID Testing Sites To Close
In the next several days, a health and human services nonprofit will help set up the hotel rooms with necessary equipment and hospital beds.READ MORE: Dallas House Fire Leaves 1 Dead From Injuries
The hotel is expected to be ready for patients next week, officials said.MORE NEWS: Supreme Court Refuses To Speed Up Challenge Against Texas Abortion Ban
Texas continues to see a surge of new cases as the state remains under a face mask mandate (for counties with over 20 confirmed cases) and reopening efforts have been halted.