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South End building slated to become the new Shattuck Hospital next year to open now as coronavirus facility for the homeless

WBUR reports on Gov. Baker's decision to open the Newton Pavilion in the South End as a place to care for homeless people who need less intensive Covid-19-related medical care than what they'd get in the neighboring Boston Medical Center.

The state bought the building, on East Newton Street, from the medical center in 2018 with plans to start work this year to transform it into the new home for inpatient and some outpatient services now provided at Lemuel Shattuck Hospital in Jamaica Plain

The city of Boston has already put up isolation tents for treatment of homeless people with Covid-19 symptoms who don't need immediate hospitalization.

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As much as I'd love to see it eventually torn down and restored to Franklin Park land, this isn't the time to do that.

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You would only have room for a large parking lot. Not exactly the back to nature scenario you are thinking of.

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but it's not going to happen. Even though it might be cheaper to build a new facility on the old T bus lot 'next door' than it will be to retrofit shattuck to its new use.

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Long Island has several advantages. It has buildings, a hospital, a summer camp that are abandoned but are better than tents. The island could be serviced by MBTA commuter boat service which has been shut down. Which location is better an island in the harbor where social distancing is not a problem or the South End where social distancing is a problem?

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You can't rely on ferries as ambulances when somebody takes a turn for the worse and needs hospitalization.

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must occasionally happen already during summer tourist season, when people break legs, have to be rescued from the water, or have other accidents on the islands.

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A ferry won't get someone to definitive medical care in 15 minutes. And there's a huge difference between people choosing to go somewhere remote and having a mishap that needs medical care, and deliberately placing people who are known to be infected (and thus may need rapid access to definitive medical care) in a remote location is a bad idea.

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Yes! And the best part? The buildings are all well kept, immaculately clean and they are all furnished. All the medical equipment is top notch as well. I don't understand why all this goes to waste.

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One phone call from Mayor Walsh to President Trump requesting an immediate Bailey Bridge built by the Army Corps and patients could be on Long Island next week.

Despite Walsh's childish animosity toward him, President Trump would embrace the chance to help the patients and change an enemy Mayor to friendly. Of course, that's out of the question, not due to animosity but Marty would never pick up the phone and jeopardize his leverage in the long-term plan for billion dollar, waterfront development on Long Island. If the city returns the infirm to the island you might never get rid of them! Paws off, right Marty?

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Orange Julius Caesar has already made it clear he's not going to do anything for states or cities that don't sufficiently lick his nether regions.

We have a Republican governor and even he can't get supplies from His Pestilence. We're on our own here, maybe blue-state governors will manage to band together (like they did with California auto pollution-control regulations) and manage a sort of semi-national response, but may God save us all, because the White House won't.

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Thank you, Adam.

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Why would you think a rinkydink temp bridge designed to quickly cross small rivers in WW2 is a choice for crossing hundreds of yards of Boston Harbor? I know you crave the simplicity of war movies but its time to grow up.

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