Field hospital planned by Michigan Medicine not yet open

Friday, April 10, 2020 - 11:39am

The field hospital planned by Michigan Medicine has not opened yet.

The field hospital planned by Michigan Medicine has not opened yet. Buy this photo
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After Michigan Medicine announced last week that it would be opening a field hospital in an indoor track facility on the University of Michigan’s athletic campus, no further measures have been taken to open up the facility for COVID-19 patients in Washtenaw County. 

In a statement sent to The Daily Thursday night, Mary Masson, director of public relations for Michigan Medicine, explained that the field hospital is still not in use. 

“We are not opening the field hospital today or tomorrow as initially estimated,” Masson said. “Michigan Medicine continues to plan for potential need, but we have no definite date on which the field hospital would open at this time.”

The field hospital was originally intended to mitigate patient overflow due to the rapid increase of COVID-19 cases in the area. However, as states like New York and Michigan have begun to see slowing of new hospital admittances, the new facility may not be necessary, Masson explained.

“It appears from current COVID-19 cases and modeling that the curve is significantly flattening,” Masson said. “We are in communication with state officials to coordinate and determine future need. Our ongoing focus is on our current capacity and readiness to serve patients in our existing hospital facilities.”

As of Friday morning, the state of Michigan has over 20,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including more than 100 among Michigan Medicine employees, and has seen more than 1,000 deaths. 

Daily News Editor Ben Rosenfeld can be reached at bbrosenf@umich.edu