DETROIT, MI (WILX) - The 2020 North American International Auto Show has been canceled.
According to the Detroit Free Press and WXYZ, the TCF Center, formerly known as Cobo, will be turned into a hospital to help in the fight against the coronavirus. The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have been working together to plan and execute the conversion.
All events in the auto show that were scheduled throughout June are canceled.
The center will be used for at least six months as health officials continue to battle the ongoing spread of COVID-19. Changes include two separate floors, which will be segregated based on severity of illness. When completed, the conversion will include approximately 900 bed spaces and stations for medical personnel.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said in her announcement of the effort, "We are proud to partner with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, FEMA and the TCF Center to expand capacity in Detroit. By mobilizing quickly to construct a large alternate care facility in Detroit, we can help save lives."
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