Ask 2: How many patients have used the $11 million pop-up hospital built at NRG’s parking lot?

Harris County judge announces winding down of NRG pop-up hospital
Harris County judge announces winding down of NRG pop-up hospital

HOUSTONAt KPRC 2, we’re dedicated to keeping Houstonians informed. As part of our new Ask 2 series, the newsroom will answer your questions about all things Houston.

The original question: How many patients have used the new 11 million dollar county hospital built at the NRG parking lot?

The answer: None. No patients have been admitted to the facility which was built as a medical shelter in case the city’s hospitals reached full capacity.

During a press conference on Friday, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said she directed her the staff to ‘wind down’ the contract with Garner Environmental Services, the private contractor who built the facility.

Hidalgo said the decision was made because the number of coronavirus cases has declined and the curve has flattened, thanks to social distancing and stay at home orders.

The facility, equipped with 250 hospital beds, had a potential price tag of $60 million if used for two months, according to Harris County Commissioner R. Jack Cagle.

There is no set date as to when the facility will be dismantled.

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