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Worcester Field Hospital Demobilizing

From March 2020 when the state first opened a field hospital at the Worcester DCU Center, emergency Disaster Services trucks outside. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
From March 2020 when the state first opened a field hospital at the Worcester DCU Center, emergency Disaster Services trucks outside. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

A COVID-19 field hospital at the DCU Center in Worcester is expected to close for good within the next couple of weeks, UMass Memorial Health Care said in a statement.

The 220-bed field hospital was first set up last spring, then reopened in December to treat patients during a second surge of coronavirus cases. It stopped taking new patients in March but remained in place and ready to reopen in the event of another surge.

Now it is being demobilized.

It treated more than 1,000 people, operator UMass Memorial Health Care said in a statement Tuesday.

“It has had a definite positive impact on COVID patient care in the region,” the statement said. “This includes caring for the nearly 650 patients that were treated there during the second wave and serving as a relief valve for hospitals in the region that would have been challenged to create more surge space without its existence.”

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