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Two More Field Hospitals Open in Massachusetts

Massachusetts is currently in the middle of a surge of patients, Gov. Charlie Baker has said.

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Two more field hospitals set up to deal with an expected surge of COVID-19 patients opened in Massachusetts on Monday.

The hospitals at Joint Base Cape Cod in Bourne and at the University of Massachusetts Lowell's Recreation Center can each handle about 100 patients who are not in critical condition but are not well enough to be sent home.

Cape Cod Healthcare is managing and staffing the Cape Cod hospital, while Lowell General Hospital is managing the UMass site.

In an interview with NBC10 Boston on Monday, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker called on the White House to lead the drive for more testing.

Field hospitals have also opened at the DCU Center in Worcester and the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. A fifth is expected to open at UMass Dartmouth in about a week.

Massachusetts is currently in the middle of a surge of patients, Gov. Charlie Baker has said. The state now has more than 38,000 cases and has reported more than 1,700 deaths, including 146 on Sunday, according to the state Public Health Department.

Gov. Charlie Baker on Saturday toured the Boston Hope Field Medical Station, Massachusetts' largest field hospital and a key part of the state's coronavirus plan, with the top general in the U.S. Army.
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