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Detroit convention center to become makeshift hospital

Aerial view of the TFC Center in Detroit (Formerly known as the COBO Center)
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  A convention center in Detroit will be turned into a 900-bed hospital in response to the coronavirus.

The federal government says construction at TCF Center, formerly known as Cobo Center, will begin after contracts are wrapped up in 24 to 36 hours.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is in favor of the move. She says a large alternate care facility in Detroit can help save lives.

As a result, the North American International Auto Show canceled its June 2020 show, which was going to be held at the TCF Center.

According to the show's website, all tickets purchased for the show will be fully refunded. Event organizers said charity preview ticket holders will be given the option of a refund, or the opportunity to donate the proceeds of their refund to one of the nine designated Charity Preview beneficiaries.