During the COVID-19 pandemic, Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital has opened
Marcus Daly Viral Clinic as an extension of Convenient Care.
Initially, the hospital created a temporary respiratory service, setting
up a yellow tent in the hospital area, but since has established a permanent
location on the north side of the hospital wing near the Emergency entrance.
MDMH Chief Medical Officer Dr. April Weinberger said the hospital set up
the initial clinic in two weeks to address COVID-19 needs.
“We did a good job of addressing those immediate needs,” Weinberger
said. “But the longer we stayed, the more we realized that some
of the things we set up to address COVID symptoms were catching a lot
of other viral symptoms as well and were just as good of practices to
eliminate exposure and treat people with other viruses that we see throughout
the course of the year.”
With the realization that COVID-19 may linger, along with the fact that
the fall flu season will start again and other virus may come on stronger
especially as children start school, the hospital realized its need for
a permanent and long-term virus clinic. Having stricter protocols and
the ability to separate patients results keeping communicable disease
outside hospital clinics.
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