HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Governor Ned Lamont toured a new mobile field hospital that has been set up on the grounds of Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford on Tuesday afternoon.
The governor was joined by the Department of Public Health Commissioner Renée D. Coleman-Mitchell for the tour at 3 p.m.
This is the first State-issued field hospital in Connecticut. It was built to accommodate the possible surge of coronavirus patients into the hospital system as the highly-contagious virus spreads across the state.
The mobile field hospital was set up with the assistance of the Governor’s Foot and Horse Guard in just 6 hours and has a 25 bed capacity – roughly the same as one floor of the hospital.
The hospital reports that they are not yet close to capacity inside the main building. In fact, the Emergency Department is practically empty; the ‘field tents’ are precautionary.
But could it be a calm before the storm?
The State has three field hospital tents. Two are currently functional. Another is destined for Danbury Hospital.
All of these ‘tents’ are designed to support the healthcare system of the whole state during significant emergencies like this coronavirus pandemic and will provide triage and treatment anywhere in the state.
Dr Reginald Eadie, the President of Trinity Health of New England explained that they anticipate a surge of patients, saying, “We have a vulnerable population like the rest of the state.”
Health officials assured the public that they have been through many health crises: disasters, floods, Ebola, SARS, and MERS among others. And they prepare for mass casualties and events like the coronavirus outbreak frequently.