First patients move into mobile field hospital at UCI Medical Center

Facing what one hospital official called “a dire situation” as more and more people with COVID-19 seek care, UCI Medical Center in Orange became the first of three Orange County hospitals to put up field tents in a parking lot to hold extra patient beds. After erecting the mobile hospital in just over a week, UCI doctors brought in the first patients Tuesday morning and are now treating about 22 people with less acute conditions there, medical center spokesman John Murray said Wednesday, Dec. 30.