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Novi's Suburban Collection Showplace tapped for potential COVID-19 field hospital

novi suburban collection showplace sign
Jodi Westrick
Michigan Radio

The Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi has been selected as the site for a COVID-19field hospital.

According to the state, after the conversion, the Suburban Collection Showplace will provide 250,000 square feet and bed space to accommodate up to 1,000 COVID-19 cases.

“We are uniquely positioned to be able to support this effort and the fight against COVID-19. We feel it is important to serve as a resource to the state and the community in these times of need,” says Blair Bowman, Owner of the Suburban Collection Showplace.

It will be the state’s second alternate care facility. The first was the TCF Center (the former COBO Center) in Detroit.

TCF center field hospital bed setup
Credit Paulette Parker / Michigan Radio
Michigan Radio
Members of the National Guard work on setting up hospital beds at the TCF Center in Detroit.

Other locations in Michigan are under consideration for future expansion, based on anticipated need.

“Having access to more medical facilities and more space for health care professionals to perform their life saving work means we are more able to slow the spread of COVID-19,” says Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, “Fighting this virus is going to take all of us working together as Michiganders.”

While numbers continue to grow across the state, southeast Michigan remains a hot spot for the growing COVID-19 outbreak.

To date, more than 17,000 Michiganders have tested positive for the disease and more than 700 have died.

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Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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