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Field Hospital On Cape Cod Closes After Lack Of Use

On April 14, Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito joined the Massachusetts National Guard and Michael Lauf, President and CEO of Cape Cod Healthcare as they toured a field medical station in a gymnasium at Joint Base Cape Cod. (John Tlumacki/Boston Globe)
On April 14, Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito joined the Massachusetts National Guard and Michael Lauf, President and CEO of Cape Cod Healthcare as they toured a field medical station in a gymnasium at Joint Base Cape Cod. (John Tlumacki/Boston Globe)

A 94-bed field hospital set up at Joint Base Cape Cod in Bourne has been closed because other hospitals in the area were able to manage the surge in patients without needing the field hospital, according to a Department of Public Health spokesperson.

There are other field hospitals across the state, including at the DCU Center in Worcester, the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in the Seaport and at the University of Massachusetts campuses in Lowell and Dartmouth. State data show more than 900 beds at field hospitals are currently open.

Worcester's city manager said earlier this week that the part of the the field hospital set up to host people who are homeless and have the coronavirus has closed.

Boston Hope, the name of the field hospital at the convention center, currently has about 100 people in the field hospital, according to state data. Since the hospital opened, it has hosted about 300 people at the respite center for people who are homeless and tested positive.

More than 3,500 people are currently hospitalized across the state for COVID-19.

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