To enable the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal to accommodate more COVID-19 patients, the Jacques Lemaire Arena has become a temporary hospital.\nPhotos shared by the Red Cross and CIUSSS show rows of white tents where there was once ice.\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nA new facility will make it possible to accommodate more COVID-19 patients. Through a collaboration between the Canadian Red Cross, the borough of LaSalle, and the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, the Jacques Lemaire Arena on boulevard Champlain has become a temporary hospital. It will supplement the nearby LaSalle Hospital with an ability to host "up to 40 patients from long-term care centres," including CHSLDs, according to a statement.\n"This initiative will therefore make it possible to support public and private nursing homes as well as private seniors' residences on the CIUSSS territory that need to transfer their residents with COVID-19 who require hospital care."\nTeams are "actively working on the layout of spaces for care staff and patients, the integration of medical equipment, as well as being responsible for the total disinfection of the premises so that the first patients can be admitted in a few days."\nThe CIUSSS maintains that its "priority remains unchanged: to ensure the health and safety of patients, users, clients and residents, civilians and veterans, as well as staff."\nPhotos posted to Facebook by the Red Cross show rows of white tents sitting where there was once ice.\nCroix-Rouge canadienne | Facebook\nCIUSSS de l'Ouest de l'Île de Montréal | Facebook\nThis isn't the first temporary facility to pop up in Montreal.\nAt the start of the outbreak, a drive and walk-through testing site occupied the Place des Festivals in the Quartier des Spectacles.\nIt has since moved to the former emergency room at the Hôtel-Dieu.\nAcross the continent, similar COVID-19 care centres are making use of spaces that have been emptied by the pandemic.\nIn Boston, for example, the Convention and Exhibition Center has become the "Boston Hope Medical Center: providing up to 1,000 beds for COVID-19 patients," a Facebook post reads.\nThe #BCEC is being transformed into the Boston Hope Medical CenterThe #BCEC is being transformed into the Boston Hope Medical Center: providing up to 1,000 beds for Covid-19 patients. Thank you to all of our staff and partners who have and will continue to contribute to this incredible effort! #bostonhope \n.\n.\n.\n.\n.\n#boston #massachusetts #bostonusa #covid19 #coronavirus #bostoncommunity #bostonfieldhospital #fieldhospital #bostonseaport #seaportboston #southboston #bostonconvention #conventionscare #meetingvenue #bostonevents #bostonmeetings #inthistogether #fema #flattenthecurve #massdph #socialdistancing #mema #partnershealthcare #medicalcenter #eventprofs #conventioncenter #iavm #iavmreg1Posted by Massachusetts Convention Center Authority on Wednesday, April 8, 2020\nOther uncanny transformations of familiar public complexes have occurred in New York and the suburbs of Los Angeles.\nPosted by Croix-Rouge canadienne on Sunday, April 26, 2020\nThe CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal did not provide details as to how long the hosptial at the Jacques Lemaire Arena will last.\nStay tuned for more news.