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'Plan for the worst but hope for the best' - How one local hospital is gearing up for the 'surge'

Original post made on Mar 30, 2020

As the coronavirus wreaks havoc across Santa Clara County, how is Mountain View's local hospital preparing to handle an escalating number of COVID-19 patients? We asked Dan Woods, the CEO of El Camino Health, for some answers.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, March 30, 2020, 2:06 PM

Comments (5)

Posted by widespread testing
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 30, 2020 at 3:44 pm

Without better testing for this disease, we all of the projections are just wild guesses. We need widespread testing now, not just people who are already seriously ill. Why is this taking so long? Countries that seem to be beating this disease have had widespread testing programs in place for months, so it is certainly doable if the country has the will to do it.

Posted by Trump fired the national pandemic team
a resident of another community
on Mar 30, 2020 at 6:01 pm

> it is certainly doable if the country has the will to do it

This country certainly has the WILL.

What we lack is leadership at the very top. Current leadership has been lying about test availability for over a month.

You know, the guy who said he didn't want the cruise ship passengers disembarking because they hurt "my numbers".

Posted by Stupid Question
a resident of Bailey Park
on Mar 30, 2020 at 6:35 pm

El Camino Hospital Board for years now has been paying its CEOs north of $800,000 a year with the Voice reporting operating profits last year at 142 millions of dollars.

Web Link

My stupid question is why these geniuses never had a plan for a pandemic or a stockpile of respirators and masks?

Thanks for nothing.

Posted by Gary
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Mar 30, 2020 at 6:51 pm

Not just local overpaid corporate bigwigs. But President Donald John Trump on down. Trump is on tv right now bragging about one military ship for a few non-virus patients that just reached New York! Unbelievable. Incredible. Con-man Supreme.

Posted by Benefit of the Doubt
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 31, 2020 at 9:46 am

@Stupid Question - If you read the article you will see that they ARE managing Personal Protective Equipment like respirators and masks. They haven't run out, and it sounds like they are doing a good job of managing this. Stockpiling only works if the items don't expire, or if you rotate through the expiring equipment.
I think we should all be more concerned with keeping in line with the shelter-in-place. It sounds like the models they are looking at says that if it works this whole thing will go away more quickly.

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