Research Article
Volume 3 Issue 7 - 2021
U.S. Field Hospitals: A Study on Public Health Emergency Response to COVID-19
Luorongxin Yuan1,4, Sherryn Sherryn2,4, Peter Hu3 and Fenghao Chen4,5*
1Department of Biology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
2Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
3Department of Anesthesiology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
4COVID-19 Research Consortium, the Hopkins Club for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, USA
5LINKSciences LLC, 701 E Pratt St, RM 2031, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
*Corresponding Author: Fenghao Chen, COVID-19 Research Consortium, the Hopkins Club for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, USA.
Received: October 08, 2020; Published: June 28, 2021


The outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 rapidly grew into a global pandemic. The rapid growth in cases during the first wave of COVID-19 in the U.S. led to shortage of hospital capacities in many states. In addition to discharging non-critical patients, expanding local hospitals’ capacity as well as re-opening closed healthcare facilities, states impacted by the pandemic resorted to build or convert public venues into field hospitals to fill the gap. However, it is unclear how effective these field hospitals were for the response to current pandemic. By studying the timing and utilization rate, we found that the states most severely impacted by the pandemic were fast at responding with the first wave of field hospitals opening around the date of peak demand and the majority ready to use by the end of April. The variation of field hospital utilization rates was wide- ranging from 0% to 100%-depending on the types of patients they were designed to accept (COVID-19 vs. non-COVID-19) and their integration with local healthcare system. This study highlights the importance of evaluating the effectiveness of field hospitals to meet the demand of COVID-19 pandemic and gained insights to guide proper response to outbreaks in the future.

Keywords: SARS-CoV-2; COVID-19; non-COVID-19


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