Hospitals prepare differently throughout Finger Lakes as COVID-19 preparations ramp up

Rochester Regional Health is taking steps to ensure that its hospital in Ontario County is prepared for a possible outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus.

Veronica Chiesi Brown, RRH public information officer, said the tents were set up at Clifton, Rochester General Hospital, Unity Hospital in Greece, and United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.

“These outdoor tents are designed to further protect patients, employees, and the community by further decreasing the chance of exposure,” Chiesi Brown told the Finger Lakes Times. “Patients will be evaluated for medical issues, not just for COVID-19 testing.”

Meanwhile, Finger Lakes Health says a temporary canopy was built last week but discontinued after conferring with state officials. Altogether less than 10 tests were completed at Geneva General Hospital.

“As of now, the only tests being done are on patients who are hospitalized with symptoms, first responders who meet certain criteria and health care workers,” Turbide told the FLT. “We are not doing on-site testing here.”

“We have an emergency surge plan that we look at every day, in case we get a surge of patients,” Turbide added.

Meanwhile, Thompson Health created a specifical entrance for those who may have COVID-19. “If they’re ambulatory, they walk to it on their own,” Anne Johnston, a member of the corporate communications team with UR Medicine told the FLT. “If they need a wheelchair, they’re assisted to the special entrance by staff.”

She says they have tents available should it become necessary to test outside.

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