The Army field hospital that was built last week inside a Seattle convention center by 300 soldiers from Fort Carson, Colo., and Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) near Tacoma, Wash., will be dismantled and redeployed to another state that is still battling the Corona Virus outbreak, according to last week’s press release by Gov. Jay Inslee (D-WA).
CenturyLink Field Event Center, home to the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and the Seattle Sounders of the MLS, was converted to a 250-bed medical facility, which offered a makeshift intensive care unit, as well as surgical facilities and medical supplies and equipment to treat those who had not contracted the Corona Virus; but to date, not one patient has been treated at the facility.
Social distancing efforts are showing signs that Seattle is flattening the curve of COVID-19, as data indicate a reduction of infections, yet Gov. Inslee said Friday that he may have to extend restrictions beyond the statewide May 4 stay-home order to keep the Corona Virus from spreading.
According to the Washington Department of Health, 475 people of the 9,887 contracted cases have succumbed to the virus. The Governor’s shelter-in-place order has closed schools and shuttered businesses halting the state’s economy.