Two patients discharged Tuesday from the Boston Hope field hospital are hoped to be the last two patients who will ever need to be released from the makeshift facility in the coronavirus pandemic.
The field hospital, established at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center as an overflow site for coronavirus patients during the peak of the pandemic, discharged 68-year-old Joseph Murphy of East Weymouth, Massachusetts, and 78-year-old Oger Julien of Malden on Tuesday, each patient leaving to a rousing round of applause from staff members.
Murphy had spent 36 days at the facility battling COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, Julien eight.
More than 700 patients who tested positive for COVID-19 were treated at the facility over the last several months.
"Boston Hope was and is a great Boston story," Mayor Marty Walsh said last week. "It came together in less than a week."
He's said that the facility, which has also housed the homeless in the middle of the pandemic, will remain available in case it's needed again soon.