Doctors at the University of New Mexico Hospital began their first clinical drug trial for a possible coronavirus treatment. They are testing the drugs hydroxychloroquine, for patients who have respiratory issues, and remdesivir, for patients who present with pneumonia symptoms. They’re looking to see if the treatments might help prevent the virus from spreading in the body.
To help combat the COVID-19 pandemic Gov. Andrew Cuomo set up a new hospital network to join up New York’s health care system resources. The online portal links hospitals and health care facilities all over the state and sends workers and volunteers to the hospitals that need it the most.
North Carolina hospitals put a call out for doctors and nurses to help with the coronavirus surge. Many are asking for recently retired medical professionals to come back. Also the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill is dropping tuition fees for volunteers to get quick training and for nurses to refresh their licenses via an online course.
To prepare for the rising number of COVID-19 patients, North Dakota activated a Workforce Coordination Center to help increase the emergency workforce needed. It’s looking to recruit individuals with experience in everything from health care to critical manufacturing. Many of the jobs would be for the planned field hospitals.
Gov. Mike DeWine split Ohio up into three hospital zones—Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati/Dayton—to prepare for the spike in COVID-19 patients. The divide is to deal with capacity and patient care; if one is full they can direct patients elsewhere.
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Researchers from Oregon Health and Sciences University and other hospitals are collaborating with Oregon Hospital Association to predict how COVID-19 will impact individual hospitals. On March 26, Oregon health officials put a statewide action plan in place that addresses necessary steps to expand the health care system’s capacity and keep up its capability to treat coronavirus patients.
Construction crews are working feverishly to finish building a hospital in Philadelphia ahead of schedule so there are more beds for COVID-19 patients. The construction of Pavilion, the new hospital on the campus of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, would add an additional 120 patient rooms.
Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, director of the state Health Department is letting nursing students who have finished one semester of school to get a 90-day certified nursing assistant license. The move is to help bolster the health care workforce.
The Medical University of South Carolina, the largest hospital in the state, is implementing strict return to work policies to help limit the spread of the coronavirus. Hospital officials told The State that employees can’t go to work if they have any respiratory symptoms of the virus. They also aren’t allowed back if they haven’t gotten tested after a high-risk exposure in or outside of work.
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