Gov. Baker Tours UMass Lowell Field Hospital as ICUs Fill

Surging case counts in Massachusetts have put mounting pressure on ICUs across the region

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker tours a field hospital in Lowell on Christmas Eve 2020.
NBC10 Boston

Gov. Charlie Baker toured a field hospital deployed by the University of Massachusetts Lowell on Thursday as intensive care units across the state approach capacity.

He was join Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders, MEMA Director Samantha Phillips and officials from UMass Lowell and Lowell General Hospital at the newly established site.

This facility was not opened in the spring when a similar field hospital was launched.

Over the past month, surging cases in Massachusetts have put mounting pressure on ICUs at hospitals across the region, with 76% of ICU beds occupied in the state as of Tuesday afternoon, according to a daily report from the state health officials Wednesday evening.

Intensive care units across Massachusetts are filling up with the worst of the pandemic still expected to be ahead.

That figure reaches over 90% at some facilities, including 93% at Massachusetts General Hospital.

As more people are expected to travel over the Christmas holiday, officials are preparing for another spike in the weeks ahead.

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