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A look inside Rhode Island's modern COVID-19 field hospital

Rhode Island's COVID-19 field hospital: Roughly 200 patients have gone through the field hospital, most spending just a few days before going home to finish recovering.

February 12, 2021 / 01:35 PM IST
The Kent Hospital opened a field hospital on November 30, 2020, just before Rhode Island's infection rate became the highest in the world. The Kent Hospital was using all its beds for its sickest COVID-19 patients, and needed some place for the overflow. Roughly 200 patients have gone through the field hospital, most spending just a few days before going home to finish recovering. Rhode Island's infection rate has come down since it was the highest in the world two months ago and many of the field hospital's 335 beds are now empty. On quiet days, the medical staff wishes they could do more. (Image: AP)
The Kent Hospital opened a field hospital on November 30, 2020, just before Rhode Island's infection rate became the highest in the world. The Kent Hospital was using all its beds for its sickest COVID-19 patients, and needed some place for the overflow. Roughly 200 patients have gone through the field hospital, most spending just a few days before going home to finish recovering. Rhode Island's infection rate has come down since it was the highest in the world two months ago and many of the field hospital's 335 beds are now empty. On quiet days, the medical staff wishes they could do more. (Image: AP)
Peter Sorrow (right) helps his wife, Pauline with her lunch, as they both recover from COVID-19 at a field hospital operated by Care New England. "We're inspiration for each other," said Peter of being able to recover next to her in what staff calls "the honeymoon suite." "Just being here cheered her up." He now helps care for her: opening a stubborn lid on her lunch, cleaning a spot of food off her gown, updating their family. (Image: AP)
Peter Sorrow (right) helps his wife, Pauline with her lunch, as they both recover from COVID-19 at a field hospital operated by Care New England. "We're inspiration for each other," said Peter of being able to recover next to her in what staff calls "the honeymoon suite." "Just being here cheered her up." He now helps care for her: opening a stubborn lid on her lunch, cleaning a spot of food off her gown, updating their family. (Image: AP)
Oxygen tanks sit inside the field hospital. Dr. Paari Gopalakrishnan, who runs the field hospital, thought by now they'd be ready to close it down. But with the main hospital still crowded with patients, many with severe COVID-19 - it's too early for that decision. (Image: AP)
Oxygen tanks sit inside the field hospital. Dr. Paari Gopalakrishnan, who runs the field hospital, thought by now they'd be ready to close it down. But with the main hospital still crowded with patients, many with severe COVID-19 - it's too early for that decision. (Image: AP)
In this picture: Holiday cards decorate the wall beside the bed of COVID-19 patient Art Singleton at the hospital. The hospital asked the community to send cards to patients, as well as health care workers caring for them; more than 5,000 were received. (Image: AP)
In this picture: Holiday cards decorate the wall beside the bed of COVID-19 patient Art Singleton at the hospital. The hospital asked the community to send cards to patients, as well as health care workers caring for them; more than 5,000 were received. (Image: AP)
Singleton watches as fellow patient Nicholas DiPompo is wheeled to the exit by registered nurses, Doris McClellan (left) and Ashley Nowlin (right) for discharge from the field hospital. DiPompo was finally going home. "You got my number," DiPompo shouted to Singleton, whom he'd grown close to after three weeks together. "Give me a call when you get out." He said they would go to his favorite restaurant for baked stuffed lobster. (Image: AP)
Singleton watches as fellow patient Nicholas DiPompo is wheeled to the exit by registered nurses, Doris McClellan (left) and Ashley Nowlin (right) for discharge from the field hospital. DiPompo was finally going home. "You got my number," DiPompo shouted to Singleton, whom he'd grown close to after three weeks together. "Give me a call when you get out." He said they would go to his favorite restaurant for baked stuffed lobster. (Image: AP)
COVID-19 patients watch television in a common area of the field hospital. Unlike in a regular hospital ward, where COVID patients can't leave their rooms, patients here are free to roam. (Image: AP)
COVID-19 patients watch television in a common area of the field hospital. Unlike in a regular hospital ward, where COVID patients can't leave their rooms, patients here are free to roam. (Image: AP)
Certified medical assistant Tyler Torti takes a blood reading from COVID-19 patient Singleton as fellow patient DiPompo rests in his bed at the field hospital. "We were at the bottom," DiPompo said of his friendship with Singleton, a pizzeria employee who had lost part of a leg to diabetes. "He had no feet, I had heart disease." (Image: AP)
Certified medical assistant Tyler Torti takes a blood reading from COVID-19 patient Singleton as fellow patient DiPompo rests in his bed at the field hospital. "We were at the bottom," DiPompo said of his friendship with Singleton, a pizzeria employee who had lost part of a leg to diabetes. "He had no feet, I had heart disease." (Image: AP)
COVID-19 patient Linda Cotrone is offered a slice of pizza by certified nephrology nurse Scarlett Santana, after a fellow patient bought pizza for the staff at the field hospital. (Image: AP)
COVID-19 patient Linda Cotrone is offered a slice of pizza by certified nephrology nurse Scarlett Santana, after a fellow patient bought pizza for the staff at the field hospital. (Image: AP)
COVID-19 patient Kathleen Feeney works with physical therapist Chris Collard (left) and registered nurse Edward Rojas at the field hospital. (Image: AP)
COVID-19 patient Kathleen Feeney works with physical therapist Chris Collard (left) and registered nurse Edward Rojas at the field hospital. (Image: AP)
Associated Press
first published: Feb 12, 2021 01:35 pm

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