Camden Clark emergency department prepared for more patients

Published: May. 14, 2020 at 7:40 PM EDT
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With West Virginia starting to loosen coronavirus restrictions, WVU Medicine Camden Clark Hospital officials say they are prepared to bring in more patients.

It's technically not a "reopening," because the hospital has remained open during the pandemic, but the building has been equipped to safely handle more patients during a pandemic.

"We have three different pods," said Dr. Brian Richardson, medical director of the emergency department. "We actually are used to 'hazmat type' operations which are community exposures."

Hospital officials are aware that some patients might be reluctant to return, but they say it remains safe.

"As we deal with these issues, and this new clientele, you can feel confident that the hospital here has taken measures to we can come in and safely care for the diseases that you still have." Richardson said. "Just because we have a new respiratory illness does not mean that cardiac illnesses, traumas, strokes, and everything else have stopped, we still need you to make sure you take care of yourself in this time."

And as far as visitation goes, the hospital has been operating under a "near zero" visitation policy and will continue to do so until it gets further direction from health officials.

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