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Ky. Guard stands up Alternate Care Facility for COVID-19 patients

More than 30 members of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron set up hospital beds and clinical space at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 11, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will serve as an Alternate Care Facility for patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially can treat up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

More than 30 members of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron set up hospital beds and clinical space at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 11, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will serve as an Alternate Care Facility for patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially can treat up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Senior Airman Samuel Wurzelbacher of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron routes electrical wiring for clinical care space at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 13, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will serve as an Alternate Care Facility for patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially can treat up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Senior Airman Samuel Wurzelbacher of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron routes electrical wiring for clinical care space at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 13, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will serve as an Alternate Care Facility for patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially can treat up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Tech. Sgt. Brandon Hall of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron sets up hospital beds at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 11, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will serve as an Alternate Care Facility for patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially can treat up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Tech. Sgt. Brandon Hall of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron sets up hospital beds at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 11, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will serve as an Alternate Care Facility for patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially can treat up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Members of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron consult plans before setting up hospital beds and clinical space at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 11, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will serve as an Alternate Care Facility for patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially can treat up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Members of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron consult plans before setting up hospital beds and clinical space at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 11, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will serve as an Alternate Care Facility for patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially can treat up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Staff Sgt. Wesley Hack (left) and Senior Airman Trenton Curry (center) of the Kentucky Air National Guard's 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron place a mattress on a hospital bed at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 11, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will serve as an Alternate Care Facility for patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially can treat up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Staff Sgt. Wesley Hack (left) and Senior Airman Trenton Curry (center) of the Kentucky Air National Guard's 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron place a mattress on a hospital bed at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 11, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will serve as an Alternate Care Facility for patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially can treat up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Maj. Rebekah Stenger (right), a nurse in the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Medical Group Detachment 1, consults with Maj. Anthony Gardner, a nurse from the same unit, during the set-up of an Alternate Care Facility at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 14, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will serve patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The facility initially will offer care for up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Maj. Rebekah Stenger (right), a nurse in the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Medical Group Detachment 1, consults with Maj. Anthony Gardner, a nurse from the same unit, during the set-up of an Alternate Care Facility at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 14, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will serve patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The facility initially will offer care for up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

More than 30 members of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron set up hospital beds and clinical space at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 13, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will serve as an Alternate Care Facility for patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially can treat up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

More than 30 members of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron set up hospital beds and clinical space at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 13, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will serve as an Alternate Care Facility for patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially can treat up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Master Sgt. Bao Huyng of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Airlift Wing sets up hospital beds at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 11, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will serve as an Alternate Care Facility for patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The facility initially can treat up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Master Sgt. Bao Huyng of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Airlift Wing sets up hospital beds at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 11, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will serve as an Alternate Care Facility for patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The facility initially can treat up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Tech. Sgt. Desiree Weingarten (center) and Tech. Sgt. Kaleb Henry (right) of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron unload hospital bed mattresses at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 11, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will serve as an Alternate Care Facility for patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially can treat up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Tech. Sgt. Desiree Weingarten (center) and Tech. Sgt. Kaleb Henry (right) of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron unload hospital bed mattresses at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 11, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will serve as an Alternate Care Facility for patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially can treat up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Staff Sgt. Wesley Hack of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron measures floor space for hospital beds at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 11, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will serve as an Alternate Care Facility for patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially can treat up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)
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Staff Sgt. Wesley Hack of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron measures floor space for hospital beds at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 11, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will serve as an Alternate Care Facility for patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially can treat up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron measure floor space for hospital beds at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 13, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will serve as an Alternate Care Facility for patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially can treat up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)
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Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron measure floor space for hospital beds at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 13, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will serve as an Alternate Care Facility for patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially can treat up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Capt. Jason Selby of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron sets up hospital beds and clinical space at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 13, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will serve as an Alternate Care Facility for patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially can treat up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)
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Capt. Jason Selby of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron sets up hospital beds and clinical space at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 13, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will serve as an Alternate Care Facility for patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially can treat up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Soldiers from the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 103rd Chemical Battalion distribute hospital bed pillows for an Alternate Care Facility at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 14, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will treat patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially will offer care for up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)
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Soldiers from the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 103rd Chemical Battalion distribute hospital bed pillows for an Alternate Care Facility at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 14, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will treat patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially will offer care for up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Spc. Samantha Mays of the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 103rd Chemical Battalion sets up vinyl partitions to go between hospital beds at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 14, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will serve as an Alternate Care Facility for patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially can treat up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)
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Spc. Samantha Mays of the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 103rd Chemical Battalion sets up vinyl partitions to go between hospital beds at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 14, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will serve as an Alternate Care Facility for patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially can treat up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Soldiers from the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 103rd Chemical Battalion set up vinyl partitions to go between hospital beds at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 14, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will serve as an Alternate Care Facility for patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially can treat up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)
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Soldiers from the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 103rd Chemical Battalion set up vinyl partitions to go between hospital beds at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 14, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will serve as an Alternate Care Facility for patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially can treat up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Capt. Jason Selby (left) and Staff Sgt. Wesley Hack of the Kentucky Air National Guard's 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron place a mattress on a hospital bed at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 11, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will serve as an Alternate Care Facility for patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially can treat up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)
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Capt. Jason Selby (left) and Staff Sgt. Wesley Hack of the Kentucky Air National Guard's 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron place a mattress on a hospital bed at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 11, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will serve as an Alternate Care Facility for patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially can treat up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Margaret Hibbs, a regional preparedness coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Public Health, sorts medical supplies at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 11, 2020. The site will serve as an Alternate Care Facility for patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially can treat up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)
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Margaret Hibbs, a regional preparedness coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Public Health, sorts medical supplies at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 11, 2020. The site will serve as an Alternate Care Facility for patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially can treat up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Airman 1st Class Trevor Johnson of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron cases pillows for an Alternate Care Facility at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 14, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will treat patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially will offer care for up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)
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Airman 1st Class Trevor Johnson of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron cases pillows for an Alternate Care Facility at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 14, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will treat patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially will offer care for up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Airman 1st Class Steve Shaffer of the Kentucky Air National Guard's 123rd Airlift Wing places a mattress on a hospital bed at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 11, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will serve as an Alternate Care Facility for patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially can treat up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)
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Airman 1st Class Steve Shaffer of the Kentucky Air National Guard's 123rd Airlift Wing places a mattress on a hospital bed at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 11, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will serve as an Alternate Care Facility for patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially can treat up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Senior Airman Jeffrey Grinstead of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron sets up hospital beds at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 11, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will serve as an Alternate Care Facility for patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially can treat up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)
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Senior Airman Jeffrey Grinstead of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron sets up hospital beds at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 11, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will serve as an Alternate Care Facility for patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially can treat up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Soldiers from the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 103rd Chemical Battalion inventory medical supplies for an Alternate Care Facility at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 14, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will treat patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially will offer care for up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)
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Soldiers from the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 103rd Chemical Battalion inventory medical supplies for an Alternate Care Facility at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 14, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will treat patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially will offer care for up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Airman 1st Class Tristan Baxter of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron sets up hospital beds and clinical space at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 13, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will serve as an Alternate Care Facility for patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially can treat up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)
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Airman 1st Class Tristan Baxter of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron sets up hospital beds and clinical space at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 13, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will serve as an Alternate Care Facility for patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially can treat up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Senior Airman Tristan Baxter of the Kentucky Air National Guard's 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron places a mattress on a hospital bed at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 11, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will serve as an Alternate Care Facility for patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially can treat up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)
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Senior Airman Tristan Baxter of the Kentucky Air National Guard's 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron places a mattress on a hospital bed at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 11, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will serve as an Alternate Care Facility for patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially can treat up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron measure floor space for hospital beds at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 13, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will serve as an Alternate Care Facility for patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially can treat up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)
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Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron measure floor space for hospital beds at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 13, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will serve as an Alternate Care Facility for patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially can treat up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Maj. Amy Riley of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Medical Group Detachment 1 prepares staff schedules for an Alternate Care Facility at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 14, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will serve patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The facility initially will offer care for up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)
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Maj. Amy Riley of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Medical Group Detachment 1 prepares staff schedules for an Alternate Care Facility at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 14, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will serve patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The facility initially will offer care for up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

More than 30 members of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron set up hospital beds and clinical space at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 11, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will serve as an Alternate Care Facility for patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially can treat up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)
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More than 30 members of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron set up hospital beds and clinical space at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 11, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will serve as an Alternate Care Facility for patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially can treat up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

More than 30 members of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron set up hospital beds and clinical space at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 13, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will serve as an Alternate Care Facility for patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially can treat up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)
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More than 30 members of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron set up hospital beds and clinical space at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 13, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will serve as an Alternate Care Facility for patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially can treat up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

More than 30 members of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron set up hospital beds and clinical space at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 14, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will serve as an Alternate Care Facility for patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially can treat up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)
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More than 30 members of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron set up hospital beds and clinical space at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 14, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will serve as an Alternate Care Facility for patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially can treat up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Maj. Tiffany Hubbard of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Medial Group coordinates clinical support at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 11, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will serve as an Alternate Care Facility for patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially can treat up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)
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Maj. Tiffany Hubbard of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Medial Group coordinates clinical support at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 11, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will serve as an Alternate Care Facility for patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location initially can treat up to 288 patients and is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

Thirty-nine Soldiers and Airmen from the Kentucky National Guard’s 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron and 613th Engineer Facilities Detachment constructed a 288-bed Alternate Care Facility at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., from April 11-14, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will treat patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)
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Thirty-nine Soldiers and Airmen from the Kentucky National Guard’s 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron and 613th Engineer Facilities Detachment constructed a 288-bed Alternate Care Facility at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., from April 11-14, 2020. The site, which is expected to be operational April 15, will treat patients suffering from COVID-19 if area hospitals exceed available capacity. The location is scalable to 2,000 beds. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Dale Greer)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. --

More than 230 Airmen and Soldiers from the Kentucky National Guard have spent the past four days turning a cavernous exhibit hall here into an Alternate Care Facility for patients recovering from COVID-19.

The 288-bed site, located in the South Wing of the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center, will be ready to accept patients beginning at 5 p.m. today, said Army Lt. Col. Jessicah Garrett, commander of the joint Army-Air Guard unit that is providing clinical services. Her team of nearly 200 troops includes 82 doctors, nurses and medics who stand ready to provide around-the-clock medical care here, should area hospitals reach capacity.

The facility, which can be expanded to 2,000 beds, was designed to treat patients who are in their final days of recovery and don’t need intensive medical care, explained Garrett, commander of the Kentucky Guard’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high-yield Explosives Enhanced Response Force Package, also known as CERFP.

“These are patients who are able to walk,” Garrett said. “They can provide self-care with minimal assistance, such as go to the bathroom or take a shower, and are fairly self-sufficient.”

The Kentucky Air Guard’s Lt. Col. Kevin Howard said he expects patients to stay for no longer than seven days, at which point they would no longer test positive for the virus and will be released to go home.

“If we can take these patients here, local hospitals will have beds for the more urgent patients,” said Howard, a medical doctor for the Department of Veterans Affairs and commander of the Air Guard’s Louisville-based 123rd Medical Group Detachment 1. “So that way, our hospitals’ capabilities are available for patients that need a higher level of care.”

Howard’s staff includes a wide spectrum of physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses and medics who normally work in civilian hospitals and clinics when not performing military duty. Besides practitioners from the Kentucky Air Guard, the team also includes clinicians from the Kentucky Army Guard’s Shelbyville-based 1163rd Army Medical Support Co.

“The staff I have here are all excellent providers and more than capable of handling this mission and taking care of our patients in this facility,” he said, adding, “It’s an honor and privilege to be able to help.

“One of the nice things about the Guard is that we are Kentuckians helping fellow Kentuckians. That’s a unique aspect, and I know everyone is happy to be here and do what we’ve trained to do.”

Garrett agreed.

“We’re proud to come in here and help Kentuckians in any way possible,” she said. “If you talk to any Guardsman, Air or Army, they are 100 percent Team Kentucky. They want to be out in the community helping. That’s the whole reason we serve.”

Air Force Maj. Jarret Goddard — who led a team of 39 Kentucky Guardsmen that built the facility in just 2 ½ days — said he was thankful for the broad range of agencies supporting the effort.

“The design phase of this project began about a week ago in collaboration with multiple entities,” said Goddard, operations officer for the Kentucky Air Guard’s 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron. “From the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to Kentucky Emergency Management and the Kentucky Department of Public Health, it has been a real team effort.

“Being able to help our fellow citizens is a pretty rewarding thing for all of us.”

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