As the number of COVID-19 cases rise in the United States and in the Bay Area., AHS has been preparing should we receive an influx of patients at our acute-care hospitals. We’ve worked with regulatory agencies to be able to open alternate COVID-19 sites at Alameda, Highland and San Leandro hospitals.
Highland Hospital has opened its COVID-19 alternative site (e.g. tent) to evaluate and treat low-acuity COVID-19 patients. Internal teams ran drills of simulated patients and the alternative sites at Alameda and San Leandro hospitals are ready for activation.
We are also taking steps to convert the 6th floor of Highland Hospital into negative pressure rooms. In the coming days, additional floors will likely also be converted to negative pressure as appropriate so that if we see a surge of COVID-19 patients we have safe environments for our staff to provide these patients with care.
We encourage you to continue to visit the Coronavirus Resource Page to get the latest updates from the COVID-19 Incident Command Center.