PROVIDENCE — As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to decline in Rhode Island, the state plans to suspend patient care at its two existing field hospitals, according to an announcement by the health department.
The two alternative field sites, which are managed by Lifespan Corp. and Care New England Health System, opened late last year to absorb low-acuity COVID-19 patients should the state’s existing hospital infrastructure be overwhelmed.
There are still patients in each field hospital, but the site at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, operated by Lifespan, will close on Friday. The Cranston field hospital, located on Sockanosset Cross Road and managed by Care New England, will likely have its last day of patient care in the “next two to three weeks,” according to Joseph Wendelken, the spokesman for the state’s health department.
After all of the patients are discharged, each facility will be cleaned and sanitized. The equipment and supplies will remain at each site in case another surge of COVID-19 hospitalizations should require them to reactivate in the future.
Since the field hospitals opened for patient care, they have treated 633 patients — 516 patients at the Convention Center site and 208 patients at the site in Cranston.