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Local hospitals manage COVID patient overflow

With these changes, the number of COVID patients waiting in the ER for rooms dropped from 26 on Wednesday to 3 as of Thursday.
Published: Jan. 21, 2021 at 8:04 PM CST
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LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) - Laredo Medical Center has now made some changes in where they’re placing non-COVID patients, allowing for more space for COVID patients.

According to Laredo’s health authority Doctor Victor Trevino, these changes significantly dropped the number of COVID patients in the ER waiting for rooms.

Some of the changes include the 5th floor now converted to a 100% COVID unit, with non-COVID patients on that floor moved to the pediatrics unit. Pediatric patients are now in the postpartum unit, the unit that holds women after they deliver a baby.

With these changes, the number of COVID patients waiting in the ER for rooms dropped from 26 on Wednesday to 3 as of Thursday.

Three patient tents have now been set up next to the helicopter pad at LMC while Doctors Hospital has 2 tents.

Each tent can hold up to 8 beds.

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