Baker visits field hospital inside Worcester’s DCU Center


WORCESTER, Mass. (WPRI/AP) — A 220-bed field hospital for coronavirus patients at a Massachusetts facility built to host sporting events and conventions is scheduled to open Sunday.

Last month, Baker announced the state would be reestablishing the 240-bed field hospital at the DCU Center.

Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday after touring the field hospital at the DCU Center in Worcester that the state is also working on opening a second in Lowell.

The visit to Worcester came a day after the state reported 4,613 new cases of COVID-19 and nearly 1,300 patients in the hospital.

Baker said he sees light at the end of the tunnel.

The state is on track to receive 300,000 doses of a coronavirus vaccine by the end of the year.

On Thursday, health officials reported 6,477 new COVID-19 cases, with the note that 680 of the cases were tested at one Massachusetts based lab prior to December 1. The data also shows 49 additional COVID-19 related deaths.

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Baker was joined by Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders, Mass. National Guard Adjutant Maj. Gen. Gary Keefe, MEMA Director Samantha Phillips, Worcester Mayor Joseph Petty, and other local leaders.

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