Boston Convention Center To Open Friday as Field Medical Station

BOSTON –  In an effort to reduce the strain on the state’s health care system and area hospitals, the Baker-Polito Administration today, April 9, announced details for the Field Medical Station at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Anticipating a surge in COVID-19 cases, the Administration worked collaboratively with the City of Boston and community partners to provide an additional 1,000 beds for COVID-19 patients at this new site.

Partners Health Care will lead clinical care efforts at the BCEC field medical station, in a collaboration with Boston Health Care for the Homeless called Boston HOPE.

The Convention Center site is the latest Field Medical Station to be stood up by the Command Center and its partners in the health care community.

The Center is expected to open on Friday, April 10.

Partners Health Case said the facility will have 1,000 beds available to patients, and the health care provider will oversee much of the operations.

Five hundred beds will be for the homeless, said Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.

Walsh announced today that the City has more than 2,800 COVID-19 cases, and had the single biggest day increase today with 310 cases.

The Center will also have six acute-care suites, a physical therapy space, and 52 nurses stations.

This is the second field medical facility in the state to open to deal with what is expected to be a surge coronavirus cases this month,

The Worcester DCU Center opened Thursday as the Commonwealth’s first coronavirus field hospital with 250 beds. It will operated by UMass Memorial Health Care.

The Governor said the state could see a surge in cases between April 10 and 20, and could see more than 150,000 cases.

The Baker-Polito administration has said other field centers could open at the Base in Bourne and at the MassMutual Center in Springfield.

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