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Rhode Island Has Opened Two Field Coronavirus Hospitals

Αssociated Press

A passenger descends a staircase to board an Amtrak train as a commuter train heading to Boston leaves the station at right, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, in Providence, R.I. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island has opened two field hospitals with a combined 900 beds to deal with an expected increase of COVID-19 patients.

Care New England opened a field hospital with more than 300 beds in Cranston on Monday, the same day the state sent an emergency alert saying conventional hospitals had reached their coronavirus capacity.

A facility with nearly 600 beds opened Tuesday at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence. It is run by Lifespan, the state’s largest hospital group.

There were 365 COVID-19 patients in the state’s hospitals on Saturday, according to the state Department of Health. That’s down from a high of 381 on Nov. 23.