Anticipating a continued rise in COVID-19 instances, Santa Clara County officers mentioned Saturday evening that the federal authorities has begun establishing a short lived medical facility within the Santa Clara Conference Middle.
The middle would deal with sufferers who haven’t examined constructive for coronavirus, however are in want of remedy for much less acute points, like restoration from surgical procedure. The concept, county spokesperson Roger Ross, is to ease stress on the native healthcare system and permit hospitals to concentrate on sufferers with extra severe medical wants, together with these associated to coronavirus.
“The objective could be for COVID-19 instances to be in a conventional hospital,” Ross mentioned, including that the federal medical station will “solely be used if wanted and that isn’t the case now.”
On Saturday, Santa Clara County confirmed an extra 67 instances of coronavirus Saturday, bringing the entire variety of instances 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 Companies — federal medical stations are designed to rapidly flip a pre-identified facility into a short lived hospital “throughout a nationwide emergency.” The shelters have “the power to extend native healthcare capabilities in mass casualty incidents or potential public well being threats,” in response to a authorities truth sheet.
The Santa Clara Conference Middle will have the ability to accommodate 250 sufferers, and be outfitted with beds, provides, and medication wanted to offer short-term care, the county mentioned in a press release. Federal officers have additionally begun preparations for a 1,000-bed medical shelter in Washington state, the Seattle Times reported.
It’s not 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.