How have local hospitals and clinics prepared for a major COVID-19 outbreak?

(Posted 3/11/20): Loudoun County Health Department is working closely with StoneSprings and Inova Loudoun Hospital on preparations for addressing surges in demand for emergency department services, including sufficient supplies and the potential need for medical tents or trailers. This builds on work done with Inova Loudoun Hospital around the H1N1 pandemic. The county is fortunate that both hospitals are part of systems in Northern Virginia that have active teams working on how best to keep their hospitals safe and effective in addressing their communities’ needs.

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1. Have you reached out to Inova Loudoun and Stone Springs hospitals to ascertain whether they could accommodate ancillary treatment facilities such as tents or trailers?
2. If things get much worse, are hospitals safe to women to deliver, for people who have suppressed immune systems, etc.?
3. How have local hospitals and clinics prepared for a major COVID-19 outbreak?
4. Are hospitals capable of handling large numbers of COVID 19 symptomatic patients showing up in the emergency rooms unannounced?
5. What are the maximum number of COVID-19 patients that our hospitals can handle?
6. Do local hospitals have contingencies to augment staff, particularly if other local hospitals have a simultaneous need for augmented staff?
7. Should people with symptoms call hospital emergency rooms before they go to the emergency room?
8. Do we have negative pressure rooms in Loudoun Hospital?