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How hospitals in every state are adapting to COVID-19

  • Hawaii

    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.

  • Idaho

    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

    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.

  • Indiana

    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.

  • Iowa

    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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  • Kansas

    Stormont Vail Health, a major hospital in Topeka, Kansas, cut nonpatient care staff pay by 50% to deal with COVID-19. Other staff members’ salaries were cut by 10% to 35%. The staff who deal with patients directly will maintain their current salary.

  • Kentucky

    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.

  • Louisiana

    In response to the sudden spike in COVID-19 cases, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards doubled the number of hospital beds in the New Orleans Convention Center. The center will now be used as a coronavirus recovery center and will have 2,000 beds.

  • Maine

    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

    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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