Coronavirus continues to spread across the US, and officials everywhere are turning to hotels, sports arenas and public spaces to house frontline staff, patients and the homeless with up to 17 people about to compete for each available bed.

Last week, the American Hotel & Lodging Association launched its initiative ‘‘Hospitality for Hope’’ to provide the Health and Human Services Department with a database of properties willing to help house first responders and coronavirus patients, with 15,000 properties signed up by this Monday. The logic  is that hotel rooms are largely lying empty, and while there is no end in sight yet for the crisis, when it does die away rooms are easily cleaned and back in service for guests.

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