MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A hospital in western Michigan is using a heated tent as extra emergency space due to a surge in COVID-19 cases.
The tent at Mercy Health Muskegon was set up a few weeks ago but put into service Thursday, WOOD-TV reported.READ MORE: CDC: New Listeria Outbreak Tied To 23 Illnesses, 1 Death
“If you had asked me five years ago, I never would have thought something like this would occur domestically for the delivery of health care,” said Dr. Justin Grill, chief medical officer.
The hospital topped 95% capacity during the week, he said.READ MORE: Troubling Arsenic Levels Found At Some Detroit Demolition Sites
Someone who is examined in the tent would get the same services found in the regular emergency department.
“We installed temporary barriers in the waiting room in which to care for patients. They’re removable so, for instance, during the night hours, as of 11 p.m., we shut down the tent and bring everyone inside,” Grill said.MORE NEWS: Michigan Republican Party Submits Nominees For Election Board
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