Installation of Hospital Tents Now a Part of Coronavirus Preparedness

As the days go by, the number of COVID-19 cases continue to grow, and health officials are working to prevent the virus from spreading further.

In Montgomery County, local hospitals are taking big steps towards being prepared. That’s why Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring installed a tent on its parking lot. Officials say other hospitals are in the process of making similar plans.

County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles says this an effort to separate people who are infected from those who are visiting the ER for other reasons.

“We wanted to let our community know that they should not be alarmed when they start to see tents popping up at our area hospitals,” said Dr. Gayles. “This is actually a sign of preparedness. We want to ensure that due to this highly contagious virus, we separate those who are seeking traditional ER care from the people who may be infected. The tents also help us boost capacity to treat patients.”









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