DCU Center field hospital admissions declining

WORCESTER, Mass. — Leaders of the field hospital at Worcester’s DCU Center say admissions are declining.

According to Peter Lancette, the chief nursing officer at the field hospital, 597 patients have been treated at the DCU Center since it reopened back in December.

Lancette said there are currently 18 people being treated at the field hospital, and admissions overall are declining.

As of Sunday, the state reported 1,125 people currently hospitalized statewide for COVID-19, the lowest number since early December.

Lancette didn’t know if any of the current patients have been diagnosed with the new B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant that was first found in the United Kingdom.

That variant was first found in Massachusetts one month ago in a Boston woman who had traveled to the UK. Since then, 29 people have been diagnosed with the strain.

The majority of the cases so far were found in Worcester County.

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