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Gov. Evers planning second overflow facility in Wisconsin

MADISON (WKOW) -- Gov. Tony Evers is asking federal officials to help Wisconsin open a second alternative care facility to deal with a surge in COVID-19 cases.

The governor's office said Sunday that it has submitted an application with FEMA, to develop a second facility at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. The first is planned for Wisconsin State Fair Park in West Allis.

The Army Corp of Engineers has partnered with states to build ACFs to support existing, local medical infrastructures in response to the spread of COVID-19.

“This second alternative care facility will be an essential backup facility to ensure our healthcare system in the south central region is not overwhelmed. FEMA and the Army Corp of Engineers have been tremendous planning partners for our state and we are thankful for their quick responsiveness,” said Gov. Evers in a statement on Sunday. “Wisconsin residents are doing a good job of helping to flatten the curve in our state by following the guidelines of our Safer at Home order, but we must continue our efforts to manage the pandemic in order to protect Wisconsinites. Hopefully this second site will not be needed, but we must prepare for it now so we are ready.”

Once approved, the Army Corp of Engineers will make agreements with contractors.

“Dane County is proud to partner with Governor Evers and make our facility available to the state as a potential alternative care site to ensure our community has the medical resources it needs to fight the spread of COVID-19,” Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said.