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State Department puts AIA alternative care sites tool to use around the world

The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan was repurposed into a coronavirus field hospital, but shut down on May 1 after falling hospitalization rates. (New York National Guard/Flickr)

After the American Institute of Architects (AIA) put out its original COVID-19 Alternative Care Sites Assessment Tool at the beginning of April, the tool is getting both a second version and is now being distributed around the world.

The assessment survey was designed as an easy way for non-professionals and those without healthcare or emergency adaptive reuse experience to select sites suitable for “alternative care sites” for COVID-19 treatment. The second version of the survey, available here, was refined with help from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the United States Army Corps of Engineers, according to the AIA, as well as other government agencies and practical feedback from healthcare workers.

The new version of the assessment tool is also being translated and distributed internationally thanks to the United States Department of State. Now versions of the survey in Spanish, French, and Portuguese will be made available to embassies around the world for local use. The 13-page survey presents tips and requirements for not only scouting eligible sites to convert, but how to monitor care sites 24/7, care for patients at every stage of COVID-19’s progression, and how to address vulnerable economic and ethnic populations that would make use of such care sites.

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