Anticipating a continued rise in COVID-19 circumstances, Santa Clara County officers mentioned Saturday night time that the federal authorities has begun establishing a short lived 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 remedy for much less acute points, like restoration from surgical procedure. The thought, county spokesperson Roger Ross, is to ease strain on the native healthcare system and permit hospitals to give attention to sufferers with extra critical medical wants, together with these associated to coronavirus.
“The purpose can be for COVID-19 circumstances to be in a conventional hospital,” Ross mentioned, 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 a further 67 circumstances of coronavirus Saturday, bringing the full 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 shortly flip a pre-identified facility into a short lived 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 accordance with a authorities reality sheet.
The Santa Clara Conference Heart will have the ability to accommodate 250 sufferers, and be geared up with beds, provides, and drugs wanted to supply short-term care, the county mentioned in an announcement. 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 night time.