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NYC shutters field hospital that never saw single patient — and officials want taxpayers to pick up the tab

NYC shutters field hospital that never saw single patient — and officials want taxpayers to pick up the tab

A field hospital set up in Brooklyn specifically for coronavirus patients is now being dismantled without having served a single patient, The City reported.

As New York City quickly became the global COVID-19 epicenter, city officials ordered that many sites across the city be converted into field hospitals.

According to The City, the field hospital was "slated to open in mid-April but wasn't ready for service until May 4."

But by the time construction was completed, New York's coronavirus-related hospital population had dropped significantly, meaning the city no longer needed the field hospital.

What's worse, city officials reportedly expect the Federal Emergency Management Agency — via the taxpayer — to pick up the $20.8 million tab for constructing and tearing down the temporary site.

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