HYANNIS (CBS) — A field hospital set up to deal with an expected surge of coronavirus patients on the Cape has been shut down without ever seeing a single patient.

The temporary hospital in a gym at Joint Base Cape Cod was one of five set up across eastern Massachusetts to take in COVID-19 patients who were not in critical condition but not well enough to go home.

Cape Cod Healthcare, which managed the site, stopped staffing it Tuesday because it had not used any of the 94 beds there. That’s because Cape Cod and Falmouth hospitals still have plenty of beds available for patients after elective and non-emergency cases were postponed to make space for the expected surge.

The field hospital at the gym at Joint Base Cape Cod. (WBZ-TV)

There are still four other field hospitals in Massachusetts at the convention center in Boston, the DCU Center in Worcester, UMass Lowell and UMass Dartmouth.

Comments (4)
  1. Vincent Vega says:

    another glorious waste of money. we are being fleeced by our governments.

    1. Mark says:

      Yes, we should have delayed our response for two months like we did during the initial spread of the virus. Being reactive rather than proactive is working out very well for us.

  2. Frank DeLorey says:

    And yet we destroyed people’s lives and crushed the economy out of pure fear….and it continues.

  3. 2assandra says:

    Wonder how much the CCHC group got paid for this worthless adventure. I certainly approve of being perpared but this has been over reported from the beginning. Oh well, you reap what you sow. There are going to be some might nasty crops down the road.

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