Rockcastle Regional is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation and, out of an abundance of caution and preparedness, has implemented emergency and infection control protocols as part of our emergency preparedness plan.
One step of that plan was the staging of a tented triage area outside of our emergency department last week to be used in the event patient volumes grow amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The area will only be used in the event of a “surge,” or an increase, in COVID-19 cases in our community.
The next step of our emergency preparedness plan is to run mock drills through this triage area, to ensure all staff and the staged triage area are prepared and ready to address any potential “surge” conditions. This is standard practice for any emergency preparedness plan.
This drill is scheduled for this afternoon (Thurs., April 2, 2020). We are notifying the community of this upcoming drill so that we don’t give any cause for false alarm. The public may see an increase of vehicles, signage, and people around the emergency department during this time. Please do not be alarmed by this, as it only a drill.