Second alternate care facility to be at Alliant Energy Center

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Published: Apr. 12, 2020 at 4:07 PM CDT
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A second alternate care facility could be created in Madison at the Alliant Energy Center.

Gov. Tony Evers announced Sunday he submitted an application to FEMA to begin developing the site to prepare for a potential surge in COVID-19 cases.

“Wisconsin residents are doing a good job of helping to flatten the curve in our state by following the guidelines of our Safer at Home order, but we must continue our efforts to manage the pandemic in order to protect Wisconsinites," said Gov. Evers. "Hopefully this second site will not be needed, but we must prepare for it now so we are ready.”

Once approved, the Army Corp of Engineers will sign contracts with a contractor and a number of subcontractors.

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said the facility would be located at the Exhibition Hall. He said he believes it would have the capacity for more than 300 beds and would provide care for non-COVID patients to make room in the hospitals if necessary.

“Dane County is proud to partner with Governor Evers and make our facility available to the state as a potential alternative care site to ensure our community has the medical resources it needs to fight the spread of COVID-19,” said Parisi.

Parisi said the hope is that the facility can serve as a backup.

"My goal, and hopefully the goal of everyone in the community, will be to not have to use this space," he said.

Additional details regarding facility operations, acuity level, and patient capacity will be shared as they become available.

Gov. Evers previously announced an alternative care site would be developed at the Exposition Center at the Wisconsin State Fair.