Staffers at Boston Hope, the 1,000-bed field hospital set up in a week in April to handle a surge of Covid-19 patients, cheered and clapped yesterday as the hospital's last three patients were discharged. Being Boston, of course, they also sang "Sweet Caroline" for one. Read more.
WBUR reports Gov. Baker announced today that with Covid-19 hospitalization numbers in the area continuing to decrease, the field hospital's no longer needed. But he added that it will stay in place through the end of the summer, just in case.
WBUR gives us a tour of the "respite shelter" at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center for people who have tested positive for Covid-19 who have no or only very mild symptoms but who want to self isolate.
WGBH reports on the coronavirus-related postponement of the national convention, which had been set for July 25-30 at the South Boston convention center, which is now in use as a Covid-19 field hospital.
Ralph Gaskell of Jamaica Plain is one of the workers building out a 1,000-bed field hospital inside the South Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The WTFDIC Hour posts a couple of his photos of the emerging hospital, which will be used, if needed, for recovering Covid-19 patients who still need care, just no longer to the level they would get in one of Boston's more permanent hospitals.
Mayor Walsh said today that officials have begun looking at how to use the South Boston convention center as a place to set up treatment stations and beds for Covid-19 patients, similar to the way New York City has been transforming its Javits convention center. Read more.
ACE Comic Con announced tonight it's calling off its convention, which had been scheduled to open March 20 at the South Boston convention center over Covid-19 concerns. The company says it is trying to schedule a new convention sometime this fall.
The New England Cannabis Convention announced today that it still plans to open on March 20 at the Hynes Convention Center, while the ACE Comic Convention said it is also still planning to open on March 20, at the South Boston convention center - but don't even think of hugging anybody once inside. Read more.
The organizers of the annual Seafood Expo North America, one of the nation's largest seafood conventions, announced today they are postponing the event, which was due to open March 15 at the South Boston convention center. Read more.
The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority alerts us that if you see lots of cops and EMTs swarming the Massachusetts Convention and Exposition Center tomorrow, remain calm: It's just a training exercise for dealing with an active-shooter incident. Read more.
The Boston Licensing Board voted yesterday to issue a warning to the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority over an incident at the Pax East show in April in which security guards locked a front entrance at the South Boston convention center to funnel attendees into metal-detector lines. Read more.
A front door that security officials at the South Boston convention center locked to better secure the facility during the Pax East show in April got the convention-center authority hauled before the Boston Licensing Board today because police said it would have impeded people getting out in an emergency. Read more.