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UK Constructs Field Hospital To Treat Potential Surge Of COVID-19 Patients

The Nutter Field House on the University of Kentucky campus is being turned into a 400-bed field hospital. For several weeks, officials at UK and UK HealthCare have been working with partnerships across the state to look at different scenarios as more Kentuckians are expected to test positive for COVID-19. Dr. Mark Newman, Executive VP for Health Affairs said the UK Football team’s practice facility will be ready for patients within two weeks.

Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) which is based in Lexington helped construct and stand up several field hospitals in other states already and will set up the one at Nutter. Dr. Newman said UK would be ready for a surge but “hopefully won’t need it.”

Details of that hospital include:

  • Rooms will be partitioned.
  • Standard Sub Flooring System, Nurses Stations, Heavy Duty Cots, Dedicated Break Rooms.
  • Nebulizing Station or Area.
  • Shower Units with Daily Sanitization, Universal Body Soap and Sanitization of Shower Units.
  • Daily Towel Service, Restroom Units with Daily Sanitization, Portable Handwashing Stations.
  • Daily Laundry Service.
  • Temporary generated power to ensure potable water for food services, shower and restroom.