Medical tents

A look at medical tents outside of Shelby Hospital.

Two medical tents are in place at Shelby Hospital as part of preparations involving COVID-19.

The goal of the tents is to quickly determine patients who have flu-like symptoms from those who do not," OhioHealth said in a news release Tuesday when plans were announced. "These tents are NOT test sites for COVID-19 screening."

Similar tents were announced for Mansfield Hospital and OhioHealth Emergency Care – Ontario.

"The tents at all three locations will be used if a significant surge in emergency patients occurs due to COVID-19 and outside triage is needed," OhioHealth said in its written statement. "The tents will remain up until the risk of patient surge is no longer a concern."

When patients come to the emergency department for treatment of an injury or other reason, they first will enter the triage tent where they will be quickly screened, OhioHealth said.

Depending on the result, the patient will either be directed to the normal intake desk inside the emergency department or into a secondary tent. This will help limit the exposure to other members of the community and care team, the release said.

See shelbydailyglobe.com for more.

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