Ratas: State is considering acquring second field hospital ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (KE) said at a government press conference on Thursday that acquiring a second field hospital for use in emergency situations has been discussed.

"We have one of those field hospitals currently, but if the crisis were to be widespread, another one could be put to good use," the Prime Minister spoke.

"Looking forward, we'll have to take a look at what our budgetary options are," he added.

The field hospital, which started operating at the beginning of April, was established by the Health Board to coordinate the cooperation between Kuressaare Hospital and the Defense Forces Field Hospital. It was packed up on April 28.

While nearly 100 employees of the staff of the nearby Kuressaare Hospital were diagnosed with the coronavirus, not a single case of it was detected among staff working in the field hospital. 15 patients were treated in the time the field hospital was set up.

Ratas praised the contributions of the Estonian Defence Forces and the Defence League during the emergency situation.

Until being used in the emergency situation, the field hospital had only been used in military training operations.

Saaremaa became the epicenter of the disease in Estonia, with a positive test rate of 166.43 per 10,000 inhabitants. The next highest region in Estonia is Võru County (24.31), the most populous region, Harju County had a positive test rate of 11.65 per 10,000.

ERR News wrote on June 2 that the last coronavirus ward in Kuressaare Hospital had closed because there were no more patients to treat.


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