Mar 22, 2020 - Health

Minnesota hospitals ask former prison to convert into coronavirus care center

M Health Fairview medical assistants in Minnesota assisting testing for COVID-19. Photo: Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via Getty Images

Three western counties in Minnesota are examining whether to transform a vacant prison facility into a medical center to treat coronavirus patients, AP reports.

The big picture: Every part of the U.S. is at risk for a severe shortage of hospital beds as the coronavirus pandemic worsens, according to several academic and scientific models. Prison owner CoreCivic said it would provide the facility free of charge for the state, which has less than 150 cases.

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Why the U.S. doesn't have more hospital beds

Adapted from OECD; Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios

The shortage of hospital beds in the U.S. didn't happen by accident. It's a result of both market pressures and public policy.

Why it matters: The bed shortage is one of many factors complicating America's response to the new coronavirus. But if we want to have more beds and critical equipment on hand for the next pandemic, the government will need to make it happen — and pay for it.

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The most popular college basketball teams across the country

Courtesy: Vivid Seats

Texas Tech, Kentucky and Minnesota are the most popular college basketball teams when broken down by county, according to a map powered by Vivid Seats ticket sales data.

By the numbers: Texas has by far the most counties of any state, including a number of sparsely populated ones near Texas Tech, which tops the list in 119 counties, so that's a big reason why the Red Raiders are in the lead.

Go deeperArrowMar 4, 2020 - Sports

Washington schools shut as Gov. Inslee seeks $100M to fight coronavirus

A health care worker prepares to transport a patient on a stretcher into an ambulance at Life Care Center of Kirkland, Feb. 29, Kirkland, Washington. Photo: David Ryder/Getty Images

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) told a news conference Monday he directed officials to ask the state legislature to designate $100 million from this year's budget to help fight the novel coronavirus.

Why it matters: The state is at the center of the U.S. outbreak. All six of the deaths from COVID-19 in the U.S. have occurred in Washington state. Four of those who died were residents of the Life Care Center in the Seattle suburb of Kirkland in King County. Several of the 18 coronavirus infections in the state are residents of the nursing home.

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