KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two Kansas City-area arenas are in consideration as sites for alternative-care facilities should the need arise, according to Missouri Gov. Mike Parson.
Parson said Monday that the Hy-Vee Arena, formerly known as Kemper Arena, in Kansas City, Missouri, and Cable Dahmer Arena, formerly Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, in Independence were possible locations for emergency medical facilities if the COVID-19 outbreak overwhelms hospitals.
The Missouri National Guard was activated to help with the growing number of COVID-19 cases in Missouri as the state’s hospitals are struggling to keep up with the numbers of patients.
“At the national level, Guard members are training personnel on COVID-19 response, identifying and preparing National Guard facilities for use as isolation housing, and compiling state medical supply inventories. In addition, the National Guard has taken precautionary measures by cancelling events, exercises and conferences.
The National Guard’s first priority is to protect our people while saving lives. National Guard personnel will provide assistance to the states that include logistical support, disinfection and cleaning, conducting transportation of medical personnel, call center support, and meal delivery.”
KSHB local news went on to say that Missouri National Guard has been working since last week to identify “potential alternative care sites,” Parson said.
“They are looking at three main selection criteria for these sites, including located in areas with the possibility of deficient bed counts, (the) area is large enough for patient population and areas where utilities are available to start immediate construction, if necessary,” Parson said.
“This is just another example of how we’re moving forward to put plans in place, anticipate needs and support our communities during this fight against COIVID-19.”
As numbers continue to grow, we will see more National Guard units activated in hopes of bringing aid to citizens across our great nation.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.
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