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December 8, 2020 - Spectrum News
Dr. Eric Dickson, President and CEO of UMass Memorial Health Care spoke with Spectrum News 1 Worcester about the COVID-19 vaccine and how the Central Massachusetts health system is prepared to distribute it.
December 7, 2020 - CBS 4 WBZ Boston
Hospitals will curtail inpatient elective procedures that can be safely postponed starting Friday, Gov. Charlie Baker announced Monday. He said the state’s hospital system is now “struggling” with the increase of hospitalizations since the “rapid increase of new positive cases in the wake of Thanksgiving.”
The targeted procedures impact the inpatient staffing and beds, outpatient procedures have not been impacted at this time.
December 6, 2020 - Boston Globe
The coronavirus surge continued to rock Massachusetts Sunday as Framingham and Cambridge school officials planned to switch students to remote learning this week, and a COVID-19 field hospital in Worcester accepted its first patients.
Governor Charlie Baker warned months ago that the state would face a surge of cases in the fall but continued with reopening plans. On Sunday, public health experts called on the state to take aggressive action now to save lives this winter.
December 6, 2020 - CBS This Morning
States in New England dealing with a surge in coronavirus cases are turning to field hospitals. Mola Lenghi toured one set to reopen in Massachusetts just hours before it started accepting patients.
December 6, 2020 - NBC News
NBC News’ Kathy Park was given access to the field hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts, minutes before the first patients arrived. Health care workers on the front lines are preparing for the post-Thanksgiving surge.
December 3, 2020 - WBZ 4 CBS Boston
For the second time this year, Worcester will be opening a field hospital at the DCU Center Sunday, but it will be much different than the original version.
The first facility was open for about six weeks last spring and treated more than 150 patients with coronavirus.
This time, it will have 240 beds and once again it will be operated by UMass Memorial Medical Center, which is basically full with COVID patients.
December 3, 2020 - Boston Herald
From our perspective — the worst of what we’re going to see for hospitalizations,” said Dr. Eric Dickson, president and CEO of UMass Memorial Medical Group, following a tour.
November 30, 2020 - Boston Globe
Health leaders, even as they confront a tidal wave of COVID-19 infections, are urging anxious patients not to defer critical screenings and appointments as they did during and in the weeks after the spring surge of the virus.
November 30, 2020 - Telegram & Gazette
With supply-filled tractor-trailers, the Massachusetts National Guard arrived at the DCU Center early Monday to help set up a field hospital for COVID-19 patients.
The operation is expected to help increase hospital capacity if pandemic cases continue to increase this winter.
November 29, 2020 - Boston Globe
Fallout from Thanksgiving travel and festivities could intensify challenges Massachusetts will face as it continues to battle the pandemic through the December holidays, when officials will be navigating more uncertain terrain amid soaring numbers of cases.
While more indications emerge that people are chafing under pandemic restrictions, those measures are vital to curb the spread and ease pressure on the state’s health care system, officials said.
November 21, 2020 - Telegram & Gazette
The "Playbook" is open. The preparations never stopped.
November 20, 2020 - Health Evolution
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November 13, 2020 - Worcester Business Journal
Worcester's DCU Center will once again be used as a field hospital to help handle an expected surge of coronavirus cases this fall and winter.
The hospital is expected to open around Dec. 6, UMass Memorial Health Care President and CEO Dr. Eric Dickson said in a staff memo Friday. Gov. Charlie Baker detailed some plans for additional bed capacity at a press conference Friday afternoon, saying the DCU Center will have roughly 240 beds.
November 11, 2020 - Worcester Business Journal
UMass Memorial Medical Center is no longer allowing visitors to its University Campus in Worcester in a new policy started Tuesday night.
The policy change comes as the campus is seeing a rising number of coronavirus cases, a trend taking place both statewide and nationally. In the most recent data available from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, UMass Memorial's University Campus had 10 inpatient coronavirus cases, with three in intensive care as of Nov. 1.
November 11, 2020 - Worcester Business Journal
UMass Memorial Health Care is working with state officials on plans for potentially opening a field hospital in Worcester as was done during the height of the coronavirus pandemic in the spring at the DCU Center.
Dr. Eric Dickson, UMass Memorial's president and CEO, said in a statement Wednesday that the health system is prepared to set the field hospital back up again if asked to do so.
November 10, 2020 - GBH
The coronavirus pandemic has been making its way through Massachusetts for just about eight months now.
And all the while, doctors, nurses and hospital staff have been heading to work and caring for patients.
But many are worried about burnout among this workforce — especially with no exact end date in sight.
November 9, 2020 - Fox 25 BostonLocal woman taking part in Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine trial encourages others to get vaccinated once they can
Scientists in Cambridge and throughout the country have been working around the clock to come up with a vaccine for the novel coronavirus.
For one local woman, she says that when she noticed the death rate in her own community keep rising, she had to do something about it.
Gina Plata-Nino, who is Latina, said she wanted to be part of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine trial so her community could feel safe.
November 9, 2020 - Boston 25 News
When it comes to vaccines, everything depends on trust.
“It’s still skeptical so I’m gonna still keep doing what I’m doing, social distancing until there’s consistency behind it,” said Boston resident Will Lature.
Even with Pfizer Inc. announcing that its COVID-19 vaccine may be a remarkable 90% effective, based on early and incomplete test results, some people remain less trusting than others.
November 5, 2020 - Telegram & Gazette
The number of children and adolescents seen at the UMass Memorial Medical Center - University Campus for behavioral health needs, including intentional medication overdoses and other suicide attempts, tripled last month, leaving the hospital with a waiting list for beds to treat them.
Dr. Brian Skehan, director of Child Emergency Mental Health and Child Consult Liaison of Psychiatry at the hospital, said Thursday that he had never before seen a problem this severe throughout the state and he blames the pandemic.
November 4, 2020 - Boston Business Journal
In the midst of dealing with the start of a second coronavirus surge, some hospitals are also readying to respond to election turmoil.
Much about the election may remain uncertain in the coming days or weeks, as votes are tallied across the country. But hospitals are preparing for a potential increase in volume, whether from violence associated with potential protests or stressed-out residents.