In early March, YRMC initiated our COVID-19 Command Center. Our team comprised of physicians, nursing and other clinical and support leaders met regularly to fully assess and adjust planning tactics. We implemented a tiered escalation plan that assessed our projected needs. We opened a 36-bed COVID-19 isolation floor designed to bring focused resources and care to these patients. When that floor reached capacity, we opened an additional unit where we are now caring for many COVID-19 patients. Our readiness plans also include the specific deployment of equipment (beds, ventilators, infusion pumps, etc.) to make sure that our staff have what they need when it is needed.
When patients with COVID-19 symptoms present at the ED or other YRMC locations, we follow a robust treatment protocol to further evaluate, test and care for them. If a staff member develops symptoms, we use the same process to assess and treat them. We have administered more than 3,500 COVID-19 tests to community members. Fortunately, the vast majority—more than 75%— have tested negative. Testing is an essential tool, and YRMC will keep testing.
YRMC is a part of our great community. Therefore, we continue to coordinate care with private practice physicians, urgent cares, nursing homes and other healthcare providers. We have ongoing communications with local mayors, elected officials and top public health leaders throughout our community, as we work collectively to minimize risk and keep our community well informed.