Are hospitals capable of handling large numbers of COVID 19 symptomatic patients showing up in the emergency rooms unannounced?

(Posted 3/11/20): During an outbreak, our healthcare system relies on sick people being evaluated in the most appropriate setting.  Fortunately, it appears that the large percentage of people who may become infected with COVID-19 do not need emergency care.  To best address the increased demand for medical evaluation, this includes private providers conducting phone triage of their “worried well” patients who may not need evaluation, private providers seeing those are stable who do need evaluation, and emergency departments for those who have more serious symptoms.  Additionally, our hospitals are actively planning on how best to address a surge in patients presenting to emergency departments.

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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?