Although MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital has been treating patients who have tested positive with COVID-19, hospital capacity and supplies—including personal protective equipment, ventilators and medications—continue to be in good supply, according to hospital administration. “We continue to work with the St. Mary’s County Health Department and Department of Emergency Services to plan for a possible surge of COVID-19 positive patients at our hospital,” said Stephen Michaels, MD, chief operating and chief medical officer of MedStar St. Mary’s. “Our leadership meets on a daily basis to discuss the status of the hospital in addition to ways we can prepare for an influx of patients.” As part of preparations for a potential surge in demand on hospital resources, medical tents are being erected on the grounds of the hospital to be used for patient care, if needed. The structures will be completely outfitted with the features needed to provide a safe environment in which staff can deliver care for patients. “Because of the social distancing and actions taken by our residents and businesses in the past several weeks, we now anticipate less of a surge than originally expected in our county,” said Dr. Meena Brewster, St. Mary’s County Health Officer, “We hope […]
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