Area hospitals prepare for second COVID wave

Mercy Health and ProMedica are ready to go
Published: Oct. 21, 2020 at 6:30 PM EDT
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Wednesday saw another record-setting day for the number of COVID-19 cases in Ohio, with more than 2,300 new cases in 24 hours. It is the fourth time in the past week the daily record has been broken.

So are local hospitals prepared for a possible second wave of COVID? The two major systems say they learned a lot from the spring COVID outbreak.

ProMedica Dr. Brian Kaminski says during the first wave of COVID, ProMedica designated Bay Park as it’s COVID hospital. This time, all hospitals within its system will be treating COVID-19 patients in a dedicated unit.

“We have the ability to expand our care treatment areas within each hospital, so depending on the situation, we have a number of different measures that we can deploy to increase our capacity and also to reduce volume,” Kaminski said.

Mercy Health Hospitals are also expanding their COVID treatment to include all its hospitals.

“(Units will have) negative pressure ventilation rooms that have PPE," Dr. Kevin Casey said. "(They will) have dedicated staff, all those things to keep those four guiding principles we have to minimize exposure to the virus, contain the virus as much as possible, preserve our resources and protect our health care workers.”

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