The 120-room San Carlos hotel that temporarily housed passengers from the coronavirus-stricken Grand Princess cruise ship is now vacant, according to the city.
Moving forward, the Fairfield Inn & Suites on Skyway Road may be used as an alternate care site during the COVID-19 crisis, the city says.
“The last occupants from the Grand Princess cruise line at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in San Carlos departed last Thursday, and the hotel has been undergoing cleaning and disinfecting,” San Carlos Mayor Ron Collins said Tuesday afternoon. “The hotel operations may be used again in the near future as a quarantine facility under State or Federal operations.”
Also this week, County officials announced the establishment of a field hospital with up to 250 beds at the San Mateo County Event Center in San Mateo. The facility won’t immediately house patients, but is rather a proactive effort to expand capacity in case a medical surge overwhelms local hospitals.