Gov. Ned Lamont said plans are underway to expand hospital bed capacity in Connecticut to prepare for the anticipated surge in patients diagnosed with COVID-19, including transforming the field house at Southern Connecticut State University into a 250-bed temporary hospital. Representatives from the Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have toured a number of large facilities around the state to come up with locations for “little hospitals in a box” where patients needing intermediate care could be treated, freeing up the hospitals for the more serious cases, he said. Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim said medical equipment will arrive Tuesday to transform Webster Bank Arena into a 128-bed facility to accommodate the overflow from hospitals and take in ambulatory or mildly symptomatic patients. There are also plans to use facilities at Western Connecticut State University and elsewhere for other field hospitals as the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations grows to 517. There have been 36 fatalities.