Covid-19 Pre-Screening Tent Unveiled at Brooklyn Hospital

Staff of The Brooklyn Hospital Center in front of the outdoor tent facility which pre-screens patients for the Coronavirus in Brooklyn, New York on March 19, 2020. (Photo by Gabriele Holtermann-Gorden/Sipa USA)

Brooklyn, NY – Today, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams joined with The Brooklyn Hospital Center’s President and CEO Gary Terrinoni, health care workers, and elected leaders to unveil a new on-site tent facility to pre-screen patients who believe they have contracted novel coronavirus and to determine if they need to be tested for the sickness. The facility, which will be fully operational starting on Wednesday, March 18th, will help relieve overcrowding in emergency rooms (ERs) and allow health care facilities to allocate finite resources such as testing services more effectively. Borough President Adams called for this kind of facility to be replicated by hospitals throughout the city in order to contain the spread of coronavirus and to address ongoing critical health care needs separate from the coronavirus.

People who are concerned they may have contracted novel coronavirus will be able to enter the tent in front of the emergency room and be screened by trained medical professionals, using tools such as remote thermometers. Those that are exhibiting severe symptoms such as respiratory distress will be directed into the ER to be tested for COVID-19, while those that are experiencing mild symptoms, or aren’t experiencing symptoms consistent with the disease, will be encouraged to self-quarantine out of an abundance of caution

Video and Photo By Gabriele Holtermann-Gorden (FNTV)

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