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UPMC Western Maryland Ready for COVID Spike

October 29th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

With the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, there has been concern about hospital readiness should more people need advanced care.

Nancy Adams, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. UPMC Western Maryland, issued the following statement: 

"As expected, there are growing numbers of people with COVID-19 in the communities UPMC serves throughout Pennsylvania, western Maryland 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.


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."