MHP COVID-19 Daily Update

DATE: April 24, 2020

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    • Resumption of services: We are planning a soft and deliberate reopening, which could happen as early as next week. Our approach will be to consider the Governor’s guidance, physician and staff considerations, our supply of PPE, supply of necessary medications, and patient safety. We anticipate some patients may be hesitant to come to the hospital for a period of time after the crisis subsides. We believe our soft opening approach will ease those fears and ensure the safest possible environment for patients and staff. MHP was already prepared as we intentionally separated inpatient volumes from the beginning of the crisis by keeping confirmed and suspected COVID-19 cases on the third-floor unit and all non-COVID-19 inpatients on the first-floor ambulatory care center unit. Likewise, we conducted all outpatient respiratory illness visits outside the MHP Medical Center and conducted all those at either Priority Care or our Washington Street Clinic. All these precautions should instill confidence in the public that patient safety and quality outcomes are our highest priorities.
    • Critical Care patients: We have a total of 12 critical care patients on the 3rd floor inpatient unit.
    • Cavi wipes: These may soon be substituted with Wexide solution in certain departments due to the fact we cannot obtain Cavi wipes at this time. We have sufficient spray bottles to implement this cleaning process. We need Clorox/Lysol wipes, but those are difficult to obtain as well.
    • We need your empty hand sanitizer bottles. We are making our own hand sanitizer and need your empty containers in order to reuse.
    • Do you have items that you would like to donate? (hand sanitizer, masks, respirators, gloves, N95, bouffant caps, or gowns). If so, please contact Angela Gill (
    • Food Donations: Several community supporters have called to offer to donate food for our staff and physicians. Some are also doing it as a way to support those restaurants who are struggling to stay afloat while they are only open for carryout. We are extremely grateful for all the community support and selfless gestures. If you would like to find out more information, please contact Angela Gill (
    • Priority Care located at 30 W. Rampart Road: Treated 25 patients yesterday with respiratory signs/symptoms. Priority Care is open 7AM-7PM Monday through Friday and 8AM-2PM on Saturdays and Sundays.
    • Washington St. Clinic located at 157 W. Washington St: Treated 14 patients yesterday with respiratory signs/symptoms. Washington St. Clinic is open 8AM to 4:30PM Monday through Friday.


    • Number of available swabs/media: 52, plus an additional 150+ GuideMed testing kits available through Priority Care or the Washington Street Clinic. We hope to receive a shipment of testing kits from McKesson in the next 24 hours.
    • Current number of 3rd floor inpatients: 19
    • Current number of patients with respiratory related diagnoses: 16 (5 patients on a critical care vent and 0 on BiPap and 0 on a trilogy device)
    • Number of available beds: 21
    • Number of inpatients in the ACC unit: 8 with 14 beds available
    • Number of ER patients in last 24 hours: 35
    • Number of ER patients with respiratory signs/symptoms: 6 (representing 17%)