FAQ: Field Hospital: Alternate Care Facility at Stony Brook
The 1028-bed field hospital, known as the Alternate Care Facility at Stony Brook, is located in the northwest corner of the campus adjacent to LaValle Athletic Stadium. It is comprised of 5 distinct tent structures across a site stretching north from Gym Road up through the recreation fields along Circle Road.
The construction planning started on March 29. The field hospital was completed on April 24.
There is no plan to house patients in the Stony Brook University residence halls. While most of our students have returned home, there are still many students on campus. The students who remain have been located throughout our residence halls to increase social distance and limit the spread of the virus.
These spots were chosen because it is the largest open area available on campus and does not negatively impact any of our academic or residential buildings.
Our university academic and residential buildings are not impacted by the field hospital. Key student and campus services like the new Stony Brook Union, the Recreation Center and East Side Dining are not impacted. The athletics programs, both intercollegiate and intramural, will be impacted as the field hospital sits on our practice and recreation fields.
The field hospital was designed to house both COVID and non-COVID patients. However, with COVID19 infections now declining in our region, there are no immediate plans to have to use the field hospital.
The only additional restriction on students imposed by the presence of the field hospital other than the ones communicated by campus residences around social distancing is that they do not enter the field hospital site. The pedestrian path from the northern part of Stadium Lot to Circle Road is open.
The field hospital will remain until the Governor is confident it won’t be needed. There is no timetable associated with this decision as of yet.