Trinitas Regional Medical Center removed the emergency triage tent that was erected outside its emergency room to treat possible surges of COVID-19 patients.
“We set up the tent seven weeks ago out of an abundance of caution,” explained Gary Horan, president and chief executive officer of Trinitas. “Thankfully, we only had to use the extra space infrequently.”
The triage tent was used just a few times to help decompress the Emergency Department during periods of heavy patient volume, and it has not seen any use in the last few weeks.
“Our Emergency Department was able to treat larger numbers without relying on that extra space. Now that our numbers of COVID patients are consistently dropping, we can safely remove the tent and reclaim the sidewalk in front of our ER,” said Horan.
Horan added that the tent could be reassembled quickly if it’s needed at some point in the future.
The number of COVID-19 patients within the walls of Trinitas is dropping, according to Horan. The medical center’s staff successfully treated and discharged more than 600 COVID patients since March 1.
The tent’s removal has brought a very positive reaction.
“It’s been a fixture at Trinitas for nearly two months, and now that it’s gone people are feeling more upbeat that the worst of this virus is behind us,” Horan said.