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UCHealth sets up outdoor tents to help protect patients

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Posted at 12:29 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 20:57:03-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — Update: Thursday, 7:00 P.M.

According to UCHealth, the white tents set up in front of Memorial Central, North and Fountain hospitals are not for coronavirus testing.

The hospital says the tents are set up to triage patients from the Emergency Room with respiratory cold or flu symptoms. The tents are meant to keep patients who have possible COVID-19 symptoms out of the hospital. The effort is to make sure other patients in the hospital are not are at risk.

After screening, patients can then be taken into the hospital and, if needed, can be admitted or have additional treatment provided.

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UCHealth is taking a proactive approach to handle more patients in the days and weeks ahead.

Three tents have been set up by UCHealth to help treat patients who show respiratory issues or have concerns about COVID-19, according to the hospital.

The locations are at:

  • UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central
  • UCHealth Memorial Hospital North
  • UCHealth's Fountain freestanding emergency department

Out of the three set up, one is currently in use at Memorial Central. The goal is to separate the patients with respiratory issues — that may possibly have the virus — from other patients with other emergency needs.

There is a registration area, waiting area and private exam area.

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