News 11's Gianella Ghiglino gets status report from ECRMC's top doctor
EL CENTRO, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - El Centro Regional Medical Center says it has more beds and is equipped with enough staff to handle the second wave of coronavirus.
Over the past week, the county has averaged 43 new cases and there are currently 13 COVID patients in the Intensive Care Unit.
“We have an increase from our normal 12 beds to 20 beds ramping up to 24, and ending up with 32 we’ve also been discussing an increase in medsearch capacity by adding in an external tent here in the parking lot on the North end,” said Dr. Adolphe Edward, ECRMC CEO.
Dr.Edwards also says they are using Regeneron treatment in both Pioneers hospital and El Centro Regional Medical Center
“The usage of Remdesivir Regeneron which is micro anti-body, the treatment the president used in Walter Reed is here it’s available in this community,” added Edwards.
The Imperial Public Health department says the Alternative Care Site that was established in Imperial Valley College is patient ready but its use will depend on the local hospitals.
“The availability of the hospital in our two local hospitals and whether or not they are ICU patients or lower acuity patients basically how sick they are and what we’re seeing in the community as far as case transmissions,” said Chris Herring, Emergency Medical Service Preparedness Manager.