Chicago uses thousands of hotel rooms in bid to relieve struggling hospitals

Lori Lightfoot

Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot announced this week that the city has made moves to offer hotel rooms instead of hospital beds to quarantine lower-risk coronavirus patients.

Lightfoot said that as of Tuesday March 24, 1,000 rooms in five different Chicago hotels would be available, with more on the way if necessary.

The estimated cost of one month’s worth of hotel rooms could be as much as $1million.

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This move is in a bid to relieve struggling hospitals during the unprecedented COVID-19 outbreak.

The use of Chicago hotels will free up hospital beds for patients with more sever symptoms, the mayor hopes.

Public health officials, who will be posted at each hotel, commented that hotel staff would not come into contact with those isolating and quarantined in the hotels.

Hotel One Sixty-Six was the first property to sign up to the deal. Owners Oxford Capital Group then offered up four more of its hotels: Hotel Cass, Hotel Essex, Hotel Julian and Hotel Felix.

In a similar move, YMCA Metropolitan Chicago is offering 400 rooms to the city’s homeless in a bid to keep them off the streets.

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