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County Plans To Use Convention Center If Hospitals Reach Capacity

If Clark County's hospitals reach a critical number of occupants because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors' Authority is prepared to open the convention center as an alternative treatment facility.

Officials announced the medical surge plan during a news conference Tuesday.

County Commission Chair Marilyn Kirkpatrick said the surge plan is intended for the worst-case scenario, but she reminded everyone to do their part to avoid the worst by staying home.  

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Kirkpatrick said the goal of the plan is to be "overprepared," emphasizing the importance of continuing to practice social distancing and good hygiene.