Stacy Wescoe//May 4, 2020
Stacy Wescoe//May 4, 2020//
Lehigh Valley Health Network is opening what it is describing as COVID-free hospitals for elective surgeries. The health network described the term COVID-free as a hospital that has been quarantined throughout the pandemic – a stand-alone building that has never seen a COVID-19 case and is physically separated from those that care for patients with COVID-19.
“We have kept these facilities free from COVID-19 and will do everything we can to make certain they stay that way,” said Brian Nester, president and CEO of the health network.
The three COVID-FREE hospitals are:
Nester said the community’s efforts to socially distance have worked. The COVID-19 caseload in LVHN’s hospitals has plateaued, and the rate of growth of new cases in the community is declining.
“Now it’s time to reopen our services and get back to providing the services people need,” Nester said.
Nester said stringent safety protocols will ensure these facilities remain as free as possible from COVID-19.