clarke county hospital covid-19As of this writing, there are no known positive COVID-19 cases in Clarke County.  On Monday, March 30, the National Guard will erect a tent in the southwest parking lot of Clarke County Hospital.  The National Guard has, and continues to, erect tents at hospitals throughout Iowa in an effort to pre-emptively plan for a possible surge in COVID-19 patient visits to healthcare facilities.  The tents will serve as a sheltered screening (check-in) area for patients prior to their entrance into the Hospital.

Clarke County Hospital is preparing for the possibility of a surge in patient visits, but hopes the erection of the tent is an unnecessary, preventative measure.  If the use of the tent becomes necessary, on-site directional signage will be posted for patient parking and access to the screening/check in tent.

Clarke County Hospital continues to urge all residents to practice social distancing, hand washing, surface sanitization, and stay at home measures.

Questions or comments can be directed to:

Thomas Bahls, Communications & Foundation Manager, Clarke County Hospital 800 S. Fillmore St., Osceola, IA 50213 641.342.5489

This article was first published on http://clarkecountylife.com.