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Queen of the Valley Takes Down Triage Tents, A Positive Sign


NAPA, Calif. – May 8, 2020 –Nearly two months after they were set up, Queen of the Valley Medical Center is able to take down triage tents set up behind its Emergency Department (ED). On March 18, the hospital set up the tents as a place to triage and screen patients exhibiting respiratory or febrile symptoms.

“It’s a positive sign. We are able to take down the tents because we haven’t seen the volume of patients we had anticipated might come to the hospital two months ago,” said Darrin Mooneyham, director of critical care and emergency services, citing the tent was screening less than two patients in 24 hours.

To ensure safety, the hospital’s ED will continue to minimize any potential exposure to caregivers and other patients by screening and separating/isolating anyone with symptoms consistent with COVID-19. In addition to patients in the ED, anyone entering the hospital—including caregivers, visitors and vendors—is asked a series of screening questions and has their temperature taken with an external thermometer.

Additional safety precautions—such as a visitor restriction policy, social distancing and universal masking— remain in effect. These measures of safety will continue to be the focus as the hospital thoughtfully restores and expands surgical services and procedures. The community should feel confident in seeking care.

“Over the past two months, we have seen a steady decrease in the number of cases being hospitalized due to COVID-19. We are thankful to our community members who have helped to bend the curve and we are cautiously optimistic that this trend will continue,” said Larry Coomes, chief executive at Queen of the Valley.

Hospital leaders cautioned that, while this is a meaningful moment, we are not out of the woods yet and that it’s crucial to continue following public health orders.

In the event there is a significant increase in the number of patients, the hospital is prepared to reassemble the outdoor triage tents. They will be carefully stored and can be set up in less than an hour if needed.

“Based on the numbers we’re seeing, we feel it’s time to take down the tents, knowing that we can put them back up in a heartbeat if needed,” said Coomes

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