FARGO — The Fargodome will no longer be used as a field hospital, as 24 members of the North Dakota National Guard took down and packed away about 200 cots Friday, May 22.

Members of the Guard put them into white boxes and stacked them up to be shipped back to the North Dakota Department of Health in Bismarck.

Fargo mayor Tim Mahoney said the need for extra beds has slowed since hospitals across the state have made room for a spike in coronavirus cases.

"I think it's a sign that we're doing well with the COVID virus in our community," he said. "We were ready for a capacity of over 1,500 beds (in the Fargodome) if we would've needed them."

It only took about a half hour to take all the cots down, and Mahoney said the quick tear-down effort could be important, in case the field hospital needs to be set up again.

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"You kind of recognize how much easier it is to also bring them out and assemble them and get them ready, so we feel very confident that if we need them, it can be done quickly," he said.

Mahoney said if the city does need the cots again, it would take about two days to get them back from the health department.