Army field hospital deployed to Seattle closes down

Army field hospital deployed to Seattle closes down
U.S. Army's 531st Hospital Center field hospital, now deploying to New York in coronavirus response, participated in a deployment exercise in 2018. USA video, YouTube

[Ed. – Three days open for business in one of America’s hot spots and not a single patient.  Military assets were always going to be back-ups, but that’s the point.  The back-up wasn’t needed here, and it’s not because there were no cases.  It’s because there was enough existing capacity locally to cover them.]

In Seattle, the field hospital set up by the military is closing up shop. There’s no need. After being set up for nine days, not a single Wuhan coronavirus patient was admitted. The hospital could have treated up to 250 people (via KUOW):

The 250-bed facility, for which setup began on March 30, was intended to help Washington state’s health care system tend to non Covid-19 patients in the event of a hospital surge.

But just three days after announcing the facility was ready to receive patients, officials say they’re returning the hospital to the federal government. …

The health care system is stressed big league right now, but it’s not being overrun like in Italy.

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