HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - As Connecticut’s coronavirus infection rate continues to rise, the Connecticut National Guard is setting up a field hospital at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.

Officials with Hartford HealthCare spoke about it around noon.

"These facilities are insurance policy allows us to have additional sites to care and provide as we go forward," said Dr. James Cardon, executive vice president of clinical integration for Hartford HealthCare.

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A field hospital hasn’t been set up in the state since April when infection rates first soared.

A field hospital hasn’t been set up in the state since April when infection rates first soared.

Back then, Connecticut National Guard crews put in a 600-bed facility at the convention center. These types of alternative care facilities are used to care for patients who are recovering from COVID-19 but are not yet able to go home.

As Connecticut’s coronavirus infection rate continues to rise, the Connecticut National Guard is setting up a field hospital at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.

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They don’t require ventilators anymore or intensive care treatment, but they can still receive therapies.

Field hospitals are meant to provide relief if hospital space grows to filled.

Some people who live in multigenerational housing and are afraid to go home and expose their family can recover in them.

There will also be COVID testing sites in the parking lot of the convention center.

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egem88888

It's about time! Can't claim how horrible this virus is or scare people if you don't even have field hospitals set up...

Brian C. Duffy

You're scared of your own name; why is that?

Brian Duffy ~~ Tariffville, CT "No Fear Here"

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