Closed medical facilities could reopen to help with anticipated surge of Indiana patients

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A doctor shows the lungs of Covid-19 patient on a computer screen at the MontLegia CHC hospital in Liege, Belgium, Friday, March 27, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Indiana health officials are expecting a spike in coronavirus cases across the state, and are preparing to open vacant hospitals.

An increase in cases means more hospital visits, an the surge in patients would be overwhelming to local health departments.

WSBT reports the surge, which is expected between mid-April and mid-May, has those departments seeking to make sure beds will be available. That could include the reopening of the old St. Joseph Hospital near downtown Mishawaka, which could help treat less-critical patients during a surge. The St. Joseph Health Department says a lot of work needs to be done before the facility would be ready.

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