Worcester DCU Center Becomes Field Hospital For Coronavirus Patients


WORCESTER, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The DCU Center in Worcester is being transformed into a 250 bed field hospital, as the city prepares for an expected surge in coronavirus patients in the coming weeks.

Gov. Charlie Baker announced this week that his administration "received approval for a field medical station through MEMA that will provide additional medical care capacity."

Since the DCU Center is no longer hosting sports games or industry conferences, work began today on transforming the arena into a makeshift medical center for those diagnosed with COVID-19. Three tractor-trailers full of supplies were spotted at the center's loading docks on Wednesday afternoon.

"This type of facility is intended to lower acuity care needs that increases local healthcare capacity during large-scale emergencies," said Gov. Baker.

The DCU Center will be staffed and operated by staff from UMass Memorial Medical Center.

WBZ NewsRadio's Chris Fama (@CFamaWBZ) reports:

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