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Published on March 28, 2020 10:47 AM

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McCormick Place will be converted into Illinois first field hospital to handle 3,000 coronavirus patients as the state braces for a possible surge in cases in the coming weeks, officials said.

We're not waiting for the worst. We're preparing ourselves for the worst, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Saturday at his daily briefing.

The governor's remarks came a day after Army Corps of Engineers Commanding General Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite said he hoped to complete the work by April 24. The Chicago Department of Public Health said 500 beds are expected to be ready there in the coming week.

Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon on Friday, Semonite described plans to transform parts of the sprawling convention center into three halls with the ability to treat COVID-19 patients of varying degrees of severity.

Hall C would be able to treat about 500 patients with less serious injuries, while Hall A would be able to treat about 1,800 patients with ...