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Doctors Without Borders Treating COVID-19 Patients In Converted Tijuana Basketball Arena

Doctors Without Borders touring the basketball arena in Tijuana that has been transformed into a hospital ward for COVID-19 patients in this undated photo.
Julio Vazquez / MSF
Doctors Without Borders touring the basketball arena in Tijuana that has been transformed into a hospital ward for COVID-19 patients in this undated photo.
Medical personnel from Doctors Without Borders are treating patients who have tested positive for the disease but who do not need to be in the hospital's intensive care unit.

A basketball arena in Tijuana has been transformed into a hospital ward for COVID-19 patients, as the death toll in that city continues to rise. Doctors Without Borders is running the facility to help patients who’ve tested positive for the disease but who do not need to be in the hospital's intensive care unit.

"We decided to come to Tijuana because Baja California is one of the states in Mexico that is very much affected by the number of contagious and the case fatality rate in Tijuana is above the average of Mexico," Laura Gómez, a field coordinator in Tijuana for MSF, the abbreviation for the French name of the group, Médecins Sans Frontières, said.

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MSF said it has the capacity to care for 50 patients at a time and will only treat patients transferred from Tijuana General Hospital which is reportedly nearing capacity.

Gómez joined Midday Edition on Thursday to talk about the work of MSF in Tijuana.