Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser on Monday unveiled the transformation of the D.C. Convention Center into a field hospital aimed at treating people infected with the coronavirus.
“We hope that we never have to use it, but it is here and staffed for when we do, or if we do,” Bowser said in a news conference.
Watch the mayor’s remarks in the video player above.
With more than than 6,000 confirmed cases in the the nation’s capital, the mayor said that the infection numbers are not as high as initially projected for this time period. Still, she added, D.C. has yet to see a 14-day decrease in community transmission of the coronavirus.
Bowser said the city could still see a peak in virus cases in late May.