3. SOUNDBITE (English) Daniel Zausner, COO of USTA National Tennis Center:
"So, you are inside the USTA (referring to the U.S. Tennis Association) indoor training center where we have 12 indoor courts. This particular bank of courts is six courts and it will be the first phase of construction for what will ultimately be 350 hospital beds in the indoor training center."
4. Various of officials touring facility
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Daniel Zausner, COO of USTA National Tennis Center:
"Well, we knew going back about 10 days ago -- the governor had referenced the fact that he was looking for upwards of 2 million square feet of open space. And while we don't have anywhere near 2 million, we do have some open space here. So, when they reached out to us a little over a week ago, they brought a team of people out here to take a look at it. They came back a couple days later and then as of yesterday, they told us they definitely want to turn this into a 350-bed hospital."
6. Wide of officials touring facility
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Daniel Zausner, COO of USTA National Tennis Center:
"We fully intend to still host the U.S. Open at the end of August and we hope to get back to normal tennis programs because we are year-round tennis facility and we hope to do that sooner rather than later. But right now, we want to do what's in the best interest of the community. We know that Elmhurst Hospital is completely overrun with activity and they are our neighbors, not very far away from us, whatsoever. So, we want to do all we can."
Part of the tennis center that hosts the U.S. Open will be transformed into a makeshift hospital to treat patients infected with the new coronavirus, an executive from the facility said.
Daniel Zausner, Chief Operating Officer of the USTA National Tennis Center in Queens, says his organization volunteered their space for 350 hospital beds.
New York City officials were seen touring the facility Tuesday. Zausner says construction will likely begin on Wednesday.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.