Colorado lines up two COVID-19 care sites

Colorado is working to set up at least two different areas in the Denver-metro area – called Tier 3 Care Sites – to handle patients who are being transferred from hospitals and health care facilities during the anticipated COVID-19 spread in the state.

The Colorado Unified Command Center is working with the Colorado Hospital Association, local communities and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to select and repurpose sites that have been revamped to provide medical care for patients who have stabilized in-hospital and no longer require critical care, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.




Official say the alternative care sites serve as medical shelters and are not field hospitals.

Two sites have already been targeted – The Colorado Convention Center in Denver and The Ranch, which includes the Larimer County Fairgrounds and Events Complex in Loveland.

The Army Corps of Engineers will begin construction Friday to retro-fit them to serve as Tier 3 medical shelters. The UCC also plans to finalize leases with three other alternative care sites by the end of the week, and is working to secure additional facilities, state health officials said.

They add the alternative care sites will only accept patients who are being transferred from hospitals and health care facilities. The sites will not be open for members of the public seeking medical care or diagnosis.

Colorado has signed letters of intent with St. Anthony North in Westminster, St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center in Pueblo, and Western Slope Memory Care in Grand Junction to also serve as alternative care sites.