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UPMC Western Maryland deploys tents again to deal with COVID spike

November 4th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

As expected, there are growing numbers of people with COVID-19 in the communities UPMC serves throughout western Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New York. Across the UPMC system, COVID-19 cases occupy less than 5% of our hospital beds. We remain fully able to care for all patients, with or without COVID-19. Our hospitals – urban, suburban and rural – are well staffed, have excellent personal protective equipment plans and supplies, and have the resources to serve the health care needs of our communities. 

    To be best-prepared to serve its community, UPMC Western Maryland has once again proactively deployed a triage tent in the parking lot immediately outside the Emergency Department in order to prevent potential overcrowding and to address members of the public who come to the hospital believing they have coronavirus. The tent will be fully functional on Thursday, November 5.  

    Because of our extensive planning and preparation, UPMC facilities are safe, and staff are well-equipped and know how to properly care for patients with COVID-19. All UPMC hospitals, facilities and providers have the support of a world class academic medical center, using a wealth of knowledge and guidance on best practices. Should the need arise, we can share resources, transfer patients or mobilize staff between facilities. With the increase in cases in the communities we serve, it remains important for everyone to follow the guidance of our public health experts. This includes wearing a mask, following physical distancing recommendations, staying home when ill and washing hands frequently. 

    Due to the triage tent deployment, traffic patterns near the emergency department will be adjusted and spaces have been allocated to allow for additional parking. Please be cautious when driving in the area.