Anticipating a continued rise in COVID-19 circumstances, Santa Clara County officers stated Saturday evening that the federal authorities has begun organising a brief medical facility within the Santa Clara Conference Heart.
The middle would deal with sufferers who haven’t examined optimistic for coronavirus, however are in want of therapy for much less acute points, like restoration from surgical procedure. The thought, county spokesperson Roger Ross, is to ease stress on the native healthcare system and permit hospitals to concentrate on sufferers with extra critical medical wants, together with these associated to coronavirus.
“The objective could be for COVID-19 circumstances to be in a conventional hospital,” Ross stated, including that the federal medical station will “solely be used if wanted and that’s not the case now.”
On Saturday, Santa Clara County confirmed an extra 67 circumstances of coronavirus Saturday, bringing the whole variety of circumstances to 263, together with eight individuals who have died after contracting the sickness.
Managed by the Division of the Strategic Nationwide Stockpile — a department of the US Division of Well being and Human Providers — federal medical stations are designed to rapidly flip a pre-identified facility into a brief hospital “throughout a nationwide emergency.” The shelters have “the flexibility to extend native healthcare capabilities in mass casualty incidents or potential public well being threats,” in keeping with a authorities reality sheet.
The Santa Clara Conference Heart will be capable to accommodate 250 sufferers, and be outfitted with beds, provides, and medication wanted to supply short-term care, the county stated in an announcement. Federal officers have additionally begun preparations for a 1,000-bed medical shelter in Washington state, the Seattle Times reported.
It isn’t clear if, or the place, the federal authorities is deploying different medical shelters in response to the coronavirus pandemic. A spokesperson for HHS’ workplace of public well being preparedness and response didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark Saturday evening.