COLDWATER, Ohio (Fort Wayne's NBC) - One Northwest Ohio hospital is preparing in case the threat worsens dramatically by pitching up tents to offer space to treat overflow patients for the COVID-19 virus.
Celina Public Works employees began erecting the tents Tuesday by the emergency room area in the rear.
Police obtained the unused tents from the US military last year at no cost to taxpayers, as Surplus items and then turned them over to the hospital.
Officials post this to their Facebook page to let the community know what they are doing:
The tent appears to be broken up into three sections, but they all join in the middle.
Inside, there is an open, well-lit space that is heated and can support cots to take care of sick people right next to the ER Department.
The Celina police chief got hold of the tents last year from the US military as Surplus items.
Hospital staff could use the tents to pre-screen and separate patients dealing with everything from the virus, to trauma, to other forms of illness.
"This was already paid for with the tax dollars, if we hadn't taken it, it would have went to public auction and the federal government would have got back pennies on the dollar. Instead we brought it back and actually the assistant chief and I went to pick them up just to avoid generating any overtime."Tom Wale, Celina police chief
As of Wednesday afternoon, Ohio reported 704 cases of the novel coronavirus and 10 deaths.
Mercer County currently has one case.
Mercer health does not anticipate needing to treat patients in the tents, but this situation teaching us all you must be ready for the worst.