Mass. To Set Up New COVID-19 Field Hospitals Amid Surge

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Massachusetts is preparing to set up new COVID-19 field hospitals as cases and hospitalizations rise in the state.

Gov. Charlie Baker has not announced where the field hospitals will be, but said they will be fully staffed and ready to take in patients just as they were back in the spring during the peak of the pandemic.

Baker said that setting up field hospitals and converting unused space in hospitals would help with capacity, but “our resources will be limited.”

The Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and the DCU Center in Worcester were both transformed into a field hospitals earlier this year.

Those closed after the state was able to flatten the curve of coronavirus cases. But now, numbers are once again going in the wrong direction.

On Tuesday, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported 2,047 new coronavirus cases and 21 more deaths.

Gov. Baker is hoping we won’t need to use the field hospitals, but it is up to the daily actions of Massachusetts residents to keep the virus under control.

WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports

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