SIDNEY — Wilson Health is continually working to be prepared for all types of infectious diseases such the flu or new viruses like coronavirus (COVID-19).
“We are taking proactive steps to prepare for the protection of patients, our caregivers and the community,” said Rich Morrett, EMS and Hospital Preparedness coordinator for Wilson Health. “We are monitoring ongoing COVID-19 updates from our local Sidney-Shelby County Health Department, Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”
Wilson Health uses screening guidelines for symptoms and risk factors and has a response plan to protect patients and staff should it be needed. If a physician determines a patient meets the risk criteria, they will coordinate testing and the patient’s ultimate disposition, coordinating with the department of health, as necessary.
“We understand the sensitivity at this time and want to reassure the community that we remain alert and ready to provide such care if necessary,” said Linda Maurer, Chief Nursing Officer for Wilson Health.
Part of this preparedness includes setting up a dedicated COVID-19 triage tent outside of the emergency department (ER) as a precautionary measure in the event of a surge of patients who may have the symptoms and risk factors for virus present to the Emergency Department.
“The triage tent is an extension of our emergency department,” said Maurer. “The site will be staffed with a team of providers experienced in appropriate infection prevention protocols and securing samples for testing.
“We are here and ready to care for our community like we’ve being doing for the last 90 years,” said Maurer. “We are asking for the community’s understanding and compliance during this time.”