A tent is being erected in the parking lot at T.J. Health Columbia, adjacent to the Emergency Department. This is a proactive measure that is being taken in anticipation of a potential surge of patients seeking care for respiratory illnesses. It is not cause for alarm.
The Kentucky Hospital Association has recommended that all hospitals have a similar plan in place that can be implemented immediately should there be an influx of patients. This ensures that upon arrival, patients can be triaged at the point of entry, and those with respiratory symptoms and complaints can be separated from non-infectious patients.
The tent is being constructed today, and it will be ready for operation if or when the need arises.