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    November 20, 2020

    BRAWELY — Earlier this week Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District officials announced support from the EMSA (Emergency Medical Services Authority) would be arriving in preparation of a continued COVID-19 surge in Imperial County, according to a press release.

    A portion of the support has arrived at Pioneers Memorial Hospital and was set up Thursday, November 19, by the district’s BioMed team. Staff members are programming and setting up portable monitors, oxygen concentrators, infusion pumps, and ventilators in Walker Auditorium, which will serve as an additional patient-care area.

    The equipment will support the addition of 10 medical surgical beds in that space and expand the hospital’s capability to care for future patients. In the last week alone, the hospital’s COVID-19 inpatient count essentially doubled and is now nearing 20, district officials explained.

    Toward the end of July, the number of positive COVID-19 cases reached a high for the year, topping a little more than 12,000 in a single day. On November 14, there were nearly 11,000 cases, according to the State’s dashboard, with projections for an exponential rise in the coming weeks that could dwarf the summer’s peak.

    The first week of November saw more than a 51 percent increase in cases in a one-week period, according to the release.

    To help combat the continued rise, the State provided the district with an additional tent that went up Thursday morning in front of the hospital’s Emergency Department.

    Currently, the district plans to utilize the tent as a screening, triage, and registration area for patients before moving them into the main ER or a second additional tent behind the PMH ER.

    The back tent was also made available to PMHD from EMSA earlier this year and will serve as a treatment area for patients.

    In addition to the equipment, PMHD was also provided with personnel support in the form of ER and Intensive Care Unit nurses, intensivists, and hospitalists. More are expected to arrive as cases and hospitalizations rise throughout the County.  

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