Wisconsin To Open Field Hospital As COVID-19 Hospitalizations Surge
Wisconsin will open a field hospital at the state fair grounds near Milwaukee to expand care for COVID-19 patients after hospitalizations in the state more than doubled over the past month, Axios reports.
- Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D), who made the announcement on Wednesday, had said the day before that he was limiting the capacity of stores, bars and restaurants to 25 percent.
- Evers said on Wednesday: “We hoped this day wouldn’t come, but Wisconsin is in a much different, more dire place today. Our healthcare systems are beginning to become overwhelmed by the surge of COVID-19 cases.”
At the request of Evers' administration, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built the 530-bed field hospital on the state fairgrounds in West Allis in April. Evers said the field hospital will begin accepting patients within a week.
- According to the COVID Tracking Project, 853 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Wisconsin as of Tuesday.
- And according to the state’s health department, only 16 percent of Wisconsin’s 11,452 hospital beds were available.
Health officials attribute the state's increase to university and K-12 school reopenings and overall public fatigue on mask-wearing and social distance practices, AP reports.