University of Vermont Medical Center ‘Surge Site’ Ready for Patients

The University of Vermont (UVM) Medical Center is now operating its Patrick Gym as a “surge site” and is now ready to accept patients, if needed, according to a report from CBS affiliate WCAX.

The site is a partnership between the University of Vermont and its Medical Center, the state, and the National Guard. The site was built over the past 10 days and can handle up to 50 patients, but it may be expanded to accept up to 100.

The UVM Medical Center indicated there could be between 50 and 70 staff embers working at the site. The Center has different containment zones for patients and supplies. Staff are already familiarizing themselves with the layout to prepare for any influx of patients.

The most serious patients will still be sent to main area hospitals, while the surge site would handle patients in need of observation.

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