21 Mar VP Cartu Jon Says – Local hospitals say they are ready for a potential influx of pati…
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Governor announced today an executive order for hospitals to save protective gear for patients with coronavirus.
This comes as the number of coronavirus cases in the United States increases each day, pushing health care officials.
Local hospitals are preparing for the pandemic, in hopes, it won’t overwhelm the healthcare system.
News4Jax has been looking into how much each hospital can hold and where hospitals stand with supplies.
The battle is to maintain equipment and beds.
Hospitals in our area say they feel they are ready and have the supplies they need.
We asked where hospitals stood on bed capacity and hospital supplies like N95 masks.
We weren’t given the numbers we asked for from most hospitals, instead a spokesperson for Memorial Hosptial and Orange Park Medical Center said:
“Right now both Memorial Hospital and Orange Park Medical Center have the bed capacity, staffing, and supplies and equipment needed to care for our community.” And say “We can all help our friends and neighbors by not coming to the hospital if we’re suffering from mild symptoms. This will allow hospitals to save supplies for patients that need emergency care.“
Mayo Clinic: “We continue to evaluate how to best align staff resources with the evolving patient demand” but say they are prepared to respond to any and all developments with COVID-19.”
UF Health: “[We] currently have those supplies, but like many other hospitals, are being extremely vigilant to make sure we have enough moving forward.“
Baptist Health: “We have been preparing for COVID for months, and part of that includes ensuring that we have a proper supply of personal protective gear.”
We talked to one soon-to-be mother who is preparing to deliver in the next two weeks. She talks about how she’s feeling as she prepares to give birth amid a pandemic.
News4Jax also took a look at hospital bed capacity. According to an Associated Press analysis of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid cost reports data, UF Health Shands in Gainesville, Baptist Medical and UF Health Jacksonville have the largest hospital bed capacity in Northeast Florida.
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