Wisconsin to open field hospital as COVID-19 surges

By the numbers: As of Tuesday, 853 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized in the state, according to the COVID Tracking Project.

Only 16% of Wisconsin’s 11,452 hospital beds were available as of Tuesday afternoon, according to the state health department.

This week, Wisconsin ranked third in daily new cases per capita.

At the request of Evers’ administration, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built the 530-bed field hospital on the state fairgrounds in West Allis in April. Evers said the field hospital will begin accepting patients within a week.