Joint Base Cape Cod Sign

The main entrance onto Joint Base Cape Cod, just off the Otis Rotary, in Bourne

The field hospital installed on Joint Base Cape Cod in Bourne to house recovering COVID-19 patients is to be closed. The hospital had been in operation for less than a month.

Christina M. Peaslee, executive director for marketing communications and content for Cape Cod Healthcare, confirmed reports that the hospital will be closing in the near future. The new hospital had been under the direction of Cape Cod Healthcare president and chief executive officer Michael K. Lauf. It was created to help with an influx of COVID-19 patients that was expected during a surge of cases in Massachusetts.

Crews arrived on the base April 9 to start converting the gymnasium into a field medical facility. Large flatbed trucks delivered several generators that have provided power to the hospital’s electrical equipment. Partitions were installed to create individual rooms for patients.

The hospital, which opened April 20, was designed to hold 125 to 150 beds for COVID-19 patients. Governor Charles D. Baker Jr. toured the field hospital on April 14, about a week before it opened.

There are currently four other COVID-19 field medical facilities open in the state: the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center; Worcester’s DCU Center; the University of Massachusetts Lowell recreation center; and the Tripp Athletic Center at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth campus.

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