Triage tents set up outside Catholic Health hospitals

Triage tent set up outside of Mercy Hospital in Buffalo. March 27, 2020 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
Photo credit Triage tent set up outside of Mercy Hospital in Buffalo. March 27, 2020 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) – Tents have been set up outside of the emergency rooms at Catholic Health hospitals to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The tents outside each area hospital will act as a checkpoint for medical professionals to assess anyone and determine whether or not they should be admitted or quickly discharged home.

“You see New York City (on Friday morning) and people queueing up to go to these triage tents,” Sullivan said. “What we’re trying to do is be ahead where the cities are. It’s like a ten-day weather report…Dealing with today is important, but my focus is on the next 30-60 days.”

Here’s a look at some of the triage tents set up by Catholic Health throughout Buffalo. St. Joseph’s Hospital will be dedicated to coronavirus patients. pic.twitter.com/Y0zh8u3f3X

— Mike Baggerman (@MikeBaggerman) March 27, 2020

Catholic Health set up the tents in preparation for an increase in patients seeking care related to coronavirus. The organization has also dedicated the St. Joseph’s campus in Cheektowaga to coronavirus patients.

So far, three patients have been admitted to the St. Joseph’s campus.

“We continue to build a phased-in approach to ensure that patient care remains the utmost importance,” Catholic Health CEO Mark Sullivan said. “We will be able to surpass the governor’s requested surge capacity at St. Joseph campus and we will continue to phase it in over the next couple of weeks.”

Rapid testing has not begun at Catholic Health hospitals, though Sullivan expressed optimism that it can begin soon.