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Novi's Suburban Collection Showplace being converted into hospital

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Posted at 7:55 PM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 20:29:28-04

NOVI, Mich. (WXYZ) — The governor's office said the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi has been selected as the second alternative care facility in the state as Michigan battles COVID-19.

The first facility selected was the TCF Center in Detroit.

The Army Corps of Engineers has been working around the clock to set up a temporary hospital in that facility.

“This is more good news for Michiganders in our fight against COVID-19,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said.

“Having access to more medical facilities and more space for health care professionals to perform their life saving work means we are more able to slow the spread of COVID-19.

"Fighting this virus is going to take all of us working together as Michiganders, and I want to thank everyone who has stepped up to volunteer at a health care facility or donate blood, money or medical supplies. We will get through this.”

The Suburban Collection will be set up to provide 250,000 square feet and bed space for 1,000 coronavirus patients.

“We are uniquely positioned to be able to support this effort and the fight against COVID-19," said Blair Bowman, owner of the Suburban Collection Showplace.

"We feel it is important to serve as a resource to the state and the community in these times of need,”

The governor's office said other locations are under consideration for future expansion, based on anticipated need.