South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem asked hospitals to reschedule elective surgeries to reduce the spread of the virus and free up resources. Secretary of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdon also told the Associated Press that the state is using the $4.5 million it got from the federal government to help hospitals prepare for the surge of patients.
The state is increasing spending on personal protective equipment (PPE), among other measures to prepare for the peak of COVID-19 cases. The state will spend $14 million on 18 million additions pieces of PPE for patients and health care workers, Gov. Bill Lee told reporters.
Texas hospitals are planning for the surge in many ways, such as adapting hospital beds for different uses and hosting emergency blood drives. To support Texans experiencing anxiety and stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Texas Health and Human Services launched a 24/7 statewide mental health support line.
Utah is trying to boost testing capabilities as quickly as possible. Additionally, to help conserve resources clinics and hospitals are limiting all other nonessential procedures.
University of Vermont Health Network downsized nonessential staff and reallocated others to prepare for the increase in COVID-19 patients. The group of hospitals also stopped elective procedures and increased their telehealth capabilities to limit exposure.
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Virginia hospitals called on the Department of Defence and the Department of Veterans Affairs to open space at military and veterans establishments for COVID-19 patients. As of April 1, three military hospital sites are planned for coronavirus patients.
Soldiers set up a military field hospital in less than 48 hours in the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle. The military field hospital has 250 beds and will handle any patients who don’t have coronavirus that overflow from hospitals. According to KUOW reporter Megan Farmer, the field hospital also has: “an emergency room area, x-ray capabilities, a patient administration division, a lab area, microbiology, blood banking, operating room suites, as well as minimal care, intermediate care, and intensive care units.”
To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, West Virginia hospitals are using video calls for patients with minor medical issues. Joe Letnaunchyn, president and CEO of the West Virginia Hospital Association, told The Parkersburg News and Sentinel the state is trying to find sites for temporary hospitals.
Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, one of Wyoming’s largest hospitals, imposed a no visitor policy to help lessen the spread of the virus. There are some exceptions to the policy; CRMC is allowing a certain number of visitors in a day for maternity and neonatal intensive care unit patients, as well as pediatric patients and end-of-life patients, and those with specific disabilties.
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