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CUNY dorms being converted for medical use as state fights to find hospital beds

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Posted at 4:12 PM, Mar 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 16:12:58-04

NEW YORK — Dorms at City University of New York campuses will be converted for medical use as the state deals with a surge in coronavirus cases.

New York is projected to need about 140,000 hospital beds and only about 53,000 are available. CUNY shifted to remote learning, but there are still some students living in dorms of various campuses.

"CUNY is doing all it can in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, including making dormitories available for use as medical facilities, as requested by the state," a CUNY spokesperson said. "Students residing in these facilities who are unable to go home are being offered placement in a dormitory at Queens College, where they will continue receiving full services."

College dorms are expected to expand the number of hospital beds available downstate by more than 29,000, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

New York is also ramping up hospital capacity and looking to convert hotels and former nursing homes.

"Now is the time to be aggressive and do things you've never done before," he said.

College of Staten Island President William Fritz posted a video about the coronavirus battle to the school website.

“The college has a history of stepping up in times of crisis during events like 9/11 and Superstorm Sandy," he said. "As Staten Island’s anchor institution, we will do the same to meet this crisis.”