President to Gov. Lujan Grisham: ‘We’ll build you that (army) hospital’

Coronavirus New Mexico

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham was among several state leaders that asked President Trump for help battling the coronavirus outbreak in their states.

During an hour-long conference call, Lujan Grisham spoke about the increasing infections in the Navajo Nation. This comes as the number of cases there reaches more than 100.

The governor also mentioned a possible threat to national security if the virus is not contained near two national laboratories. According to CBS, spokeswoman for the governor, Nora Meyers Sackett said that “New Mexico is in a unique position during this public health emergency. Not only is New Mexico a large state by area with many rural populations, including many tribal populations who are being largely left to fend or themselves by the federal government, it is also home to a number of the country’s critical national safety outposts.”

Last week Governor Lujan Grisham formally requested a staffed 248 bed U.S. Army hospital for Albuquerque. Lujan Grisham made the request under a federal law that authorizes the government to provide emergency medical assistance to states.

The governor asked that the hospital is under the operational control of New Mexico National Guard’s Brigadier General Michele K. LaMontagne.

According to CBS News transcript of the governor’s conversation with the president, President Trump said, “we’ll build you that hospital as quick as we can”. The president says the hospital will be built by April 10 however it is unclear where in Albuquerque it will be. Mayor Tim Keller has said in his daily updates sites being considered included Balloon Fiesta Park, the old Lovelace Hospital, and the Convention center.

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