CORONAVIRUS: Rumor Control — Walmart Boca Is NOT Becoming A Hospital

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BOCA RATON, FL ( — During any other time, we would ignore the vast majority of rumors making their way into newsrooms and onto social media. But the rumor that the Walmart at 441 and Palmetto Park Road in West Boca Raton is being closed this weekend, emptied out and converted into a COVID-19 hospital is completely untrue.

Walmart corporate media relations tells, with a bit of a laugh, that “there are a lot of crazy rumors out there.” This rumor fits in that category.

We’ve heard the same from local police departments who, presumably, would know if something of this magnitude was planned.

Why is it getting attention? Because it just doesn’t seem implausible. The Walmart is big. Really big. It’s not in a bad location if you are looking for a central MASH unit. And West Boca Medical Center — with its helipad — is just a few hundred yards away.

But as of 3:08 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, Walmart’s corporate media relations office says it’s not happening.

We mention the date and time because things are changing minute by minute as the region responds to Coronavirus.

So all we truly know is that we’re right right now.

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