Field hospital to be set up at University of Kentucky

(AP) — A 400-bed field hospital will be set up at the University of
Kentucky as health officials prepare for a potential surge of coronavirus patients, UK HealthCare officials said Friday.

goal is to have the makeshift hospital ready in the next two weeks at
Nutter Field House, the football practice facility on the Lexington
campus, said Dr. Mark F. Newman, UK’s executive vice president for
health affairs.

Confronted by an “unprecedented” health crisis, Newman said it’s “essential that we are prepared for any scenario to ensure we are meeting the needs of our community and the commonwealth.”

the latest move to create extra bed space as a potential backup for
hospitals and health systems as the state braces for a continued
escalation of coronavirus cases amid the global pandemic.

On Thursday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced plans to set up a 2,000-bed field hospital at the state fairgrounds in Louisville.

goal is to be ready when the surge comes,” the governor said. “That
doesn’t mean that we wait until we don’t have enough space and then try
to put this together.”

on Thursday reported 100 new coronavirus cases statewide and 11 more
virus-related deaths. Total Kentucky cases since the pandemic began
approached 800 and the death toll reached 31.

people who contract COVID-19 have mild or moderate symptoms, which can
include fever and cough but also milder cases of pneumonia, sometimes
requiring hospitalization. The risk of death is greater for older adults
and people with other health problems.

Source: Mountain Top