A mobile field hospital has been set up outside Danbury Hospital. The Governor’s Foot and Horse Guard Units were deployed to Danbury yesterday to work with the Connecticut Department of Public Health.
The Ottilie Lundgren Memorial Field Hospital is a state-of-the-art mobile field hospital designed to support the state’s health care system in response to significant emergencies. It is deployable in several parts as a flexible configuration 25-bed units that operate jointly or independently to provide triage and treatment anywhere in the state.
(Photo: Mayor Mark Boughton)
The field hospital is identical to one deployed Tuesday on the grounds of Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford. A third mobile field hospital is anticipated to be deployed on the grounds of Middlesex Hospital in Middletown in the coming days.
The Ottilie Lundgren Memorial Field Hospital was named in 2006 in honor of a Connecticut woman who died from inhalational anthrax in 2001.
There's been a lot of uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak. Danbury Hospital has established a Community Hotline.
The dedicated phone number is for community members who are concerned about symptoms they may have. Other inquiries can be directed to the hospital websites. Individuals experiencing symptoms are encouraged to call this line to mitigate the high-volume call-intake of emergency departments and medical practices.
People can call 888-667-9262 between 8am to 6pm, seven days a week.
The Danbury Hospital mobile testing site on Locust Avenue is open between 8:30am to 3:30pm, but only for patients with a prescription to get a test, and who've made an appointment for that test. Call 203-739-4344 to schedule an appointment at the collection site located at Danbury Hospital.
The COVID-19 collection site at Danbury Hospital is an alternative location for people suspected of COVID-19 to give a specimen sample for a test; this is instead of going to the emergency department or another medical facility. You will be given an “Access Pass” after your ID and doctor order are verified. No specimen collection will be done without this pass.
You will be scheduled within one business day of when the test was ordered by your doctor. People without an appointment will only be seen if they have a valid doctor order for a test. You must bring a Government-issued photo ID and insurance card (if you have one). It’s important to stay in your vehicle. You will be asked to hold up your ID and insurance card for a photograph.
Only two passengers per vehicle are permitted at the collection site.
It may take up to six days to get your test results back. Your doctor will notify you of the results. Only call your doctor if you have not heard back in seven days.