The convention center is expected to be returned to Denver County by March 25.
The Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) announced this week that it will decommission a temporary hospital at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. The hospital, which was built to care for COVID-19 patients if hospitals became overwhelmed, never received a patient.
DHSEM said the state's hospital capacity is expected to be able to meet the health care needs related to COVID-19 going forward based on modeling data and information from hospital partners. Tier 2.5 sites continue to operate at St. Anthony's and St. Mary Corwin hospitals. The same day the department announced the decommissioning of the temporary hospital, it reported 780 COVID-19 patients hospitalized across the state and a 5.41 percent 7-day positivity rate.
Today, January 19, the Unified Coordination Center began steps to decommission the alternative care site at the Colorado Convention Center. The site is expected to be turned back over to Denver County by March 25, 2021. #COVID19Colorado pic.twitter.com/FLQwcuk8Li— CO - Emergency Mgmt (@COEmergency) January 19, 2021
The transformation of the convention center into a field hospital that could accommodate 2,000 patients began in early April 2020. Plans called for the site to be used to treat patients who had COVID-19 but were not severely ill. The Army Corps of Engineers helped transform the event space into a temporary field hospital in an effort shared in a time-lapse video that can be viewed HERE.
Two other COVID-19 field hospitals constructed in Loveland and Grand Junction have already been dismantled.
The state leased space from the convention center at a cost of $60,000 per day for a grand total of $21.2 million. The convention center will revert to the control of Denver County on March 25, just over a year from the onset of the pandemic in the United States.