Military beefing up COVID-19 medical capacity on Guam

NAVAL HOSPITAL GUAM (April 14, 2020) U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 554th Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineers (REDHORSE), set up modular tents as part of an Expeditionary Medical Support (EMEDS) system being deployed at U.S. Naval Hospital Guam, April 14, 2020. Once deployed, the EMEDS system will facilitate medical care for aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Sailors by adding 43 regular beds and 18 intensive care unit beds to the capacity of U.S. Naval Hospital Guam. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nathan Carpenter)

The military is beefing up its medical capacity on Guam as the number of positive COVID-cases from the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt continues to mount.

U.S. Air Force members, from a Rapid Engineer Deployable group, are setting up modular tents to serve as a field hospital at the NCS base in Finegayan and add capacity to the Naval Hospital.

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The tents are part of an Expeditionary Medical Support system and will add 43 regular beds to the hospital along with 18 additional Intensive Care Units.

The Governor says the Finegayan facility would be even larger, with over 100 additional hospital beds and another 22 ICU rooms. There will also be designated doctors and nurses attached to that field hospital.

Military officials say the added capacity will facilitate care for the over 600 Roosevelt sailors stricken with COVID-19.

In a phone call with U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper yesterday, the Governor confirmed that these facilities, and the medical staff that go with them, will be available for GovGuam’s local COVID-efforts as well.