Travel restrictions were imposed in Hawaii on March 31 to reduce the spread of COVID-19. A statement released by the state of Hawaii Depart of Health said that anyone traveling between the islands “must self-quarantine for 14 days.” People traveling to give medical care don’t have to quarantine but do have to wear appropriate protective gear and follow social distancing rules.
On March 27, Gov. Brad Little signed an executive order so that items like ventilators or personal protective equipment can be bought quickly and the state doesn’t have to wait on essential supplies. The order made $39.3 million available for coronavirus aid.
Illinois is working to expand bed capacity throughout the state. For example, Chicago’s McCormick Place is in the process of being turned into a 3,000-bed care center, and the previously closed Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin and MetroSouth Health Center in Blue Island are being reopened to care for COVID-19 patients.
Hospitals in Indiana have stopped elective surgeries and created a statewide resource pool in preparation for a rise in COVID-19 patients. Also, according to Fox 59, more than 5,000 health care providers such as medical students and retired clinicians have volunteered to help.
To preserve supplies, The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics stopped using gowns when treating people who didn’t have COVID-19. Iowa’s biggest hospital also canceled nonessential surgeries and procedures, reassigned medical staff, and amped up their telehealth services.
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Hospitals in Hardin County set up “cough clinics” for people who may have coronavirus symptoms to keep hospitals from becoming overwhelmed. Additionally, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear ordered all hospitals to put elective procedures on hold to clear room for incoming COVID-19 cases.
Rural Maine hospitals are coming up with creative alternatives to deal with supply shortages. Houlton Regional Hospital is sewing their own gowns and sourcing face shields from a local auto supply shop.
Maryland is planning to repurpose vehicle inspection sites to become drive-through testing sites to help keep people out of the hospitals. DMV hospitals are also setting up tents to treat patients, and there are talks to reopen shuttered hospitals such as Providence Hospital, which would help address bed shortage concerns.
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