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NCH updates COVID-19 surge plan to prepare for possible post-holiday case spike

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COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. — The holiday season is about to be in full swing and public health professionals are preparing for a possible case spike after the holidays if people don’t follow social distancing, mask-wearing or handwashing guidelines.

In the event of a case spike, NCH wants to be prepared. Currently, COVID-19 capacity at NCH hospitals remains at 10 percent. Also, NCH has 6 months of N95 masks, surgical masks, isolation gowns and gloves in stock.

NCH healthcare system officials anticipate around 30 percent of hospitalized patients will test positive for COVID-19 during the height of an upcoming surge. Once NCH reaches a 30 percent admission positivity rate, they’ll know that the surge has hit.

If there is a need, NCH is able to add capacity for critical care beds.

There are 30 negative pressure rooms available at NCH, but that can be increased if needed.

NCH has 153 available ventilators, over 100 physicians, and additional registered nurses on staff.

Right now, all admissions to NCH are being tested for COVID-19 before they are assigned a bed or sent into surgery. Also, patients are separated into COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 units.

There are 30 negative pressure rooms available at NCH, but that can be increased if needed.

Source: https://nbc-2.com/news/health/2020/12/22/nch-updates-covid-19-surge-plan-to-prepare-for-possible-post-holiday-case-spike/

Donovan Larsen

Donovan is a columnist and associate editor at the Dark News. He has written on everything from the politics to diversity issues in the workplace.

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