The Sheraton Fairplex hotel will have over 200 beds to serve patients with COVID-19

Coronavirus in Los Angeles: They adapt a hotel for patients with COVID-19

Los Angeles in quarantine looks like a western ghost town.

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A hotel with more than 200 beds in Los Angeles County will be enabled to house people who need to isolate themselves due to being infected with the coronavirus or who are awaiting test results, officials said Friday.

The Sheraton Fairplex hotel in the city of Pomona, in eastern Los Angeles County, "will provide temporary accommodation in 244 single occupancy rooms for those who need isolation," the county supervisor said at a news conference. Hilda SolĂ­s.

The rooms will be assigned in order of arrival of the infected and essential services will be provided to guests such as food, medical care and laundry, among others.

The hotel will be closed to the general public while it is being used to house patients.

The announcement came a day after Governor Gavin Newsom's containment order to stop the spread of the virus, forcing nonessential businesses to close their doors, and residents to stay home, trying to prevent expansion. of the virus.

Los Angeles County confirmed this Friday 61 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total to 292 amid the growing outbreak. Of those people, 48 are hospitalized, including three of the new cases reported this Friday.

So far, some 2,400 people have been tested in Los Angeles County, about 10% tested positive, said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of the Los Angeles Department of Health. The average age for all infected people is 47 years, Ferrer explained.

There are 138 people between the ages of 18 and 65 who tested positive.

"The risk extends to everyone. We must be prepared for many, many new cases, "added the official.

The hotel lease is from March 23 to May 31, with the option to extend it.

Counting the cases of Los Angeles, California today surpassed 1,175 confirmed cases, with deaths reaching 21.

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