Knoxville Expo Center could be used as hospital overflow, Gov. Lee says

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The cavernous Knoxville Expo Center could be used as a temporary medical facility, a sort of makeshift hospital, if worse came to worse in handling the possible wave of patients stemming from the coronavirus, Gov. Bill Lee said Thursday.

Lee listed the property on Clinton Highway as one of the possible sites along with Nashville’s Music City Center, the Memphis Gateway Shopping Center and the Chattanooga Convention Center. The Expo Center’s website lists it as the largest privately-owned exhibition space in the state, offering some 120,000 square feet of exhibit space.

Lee did not yet know how many hospital beds could fit inside the Expo Center.

In the same news conference Thursday, Lee announced a new executive order requiring Tennesseans to stay home amid growing concerns that residents were not heeding his earlier call to do their part to combat the spread of coronavirus.

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