The Greater Columbus Convention Center is one of six sites identified by the state to handle COVID-19 patients in the case hospitals are overwhelmed by a surge.
It's the third step in the state's strategy to double bed capacity ahead of the projected surge. Governor Mike DeWine says sites were chosen to make sure all parts of the state have adequate access to care:
Other overflow sites include convention centers in Cincinnati, Dayton, Toledo and the Mahoning Valley, as well as Case Western University. DeWine says the state is still looking at other sites in case more space is needed.