Coronavirus patients arrive in Spokane for treatment
Editor’s Note: The above video shows images from Sacred Heart’s pathogen unit during Ebola training in 2017. Patients with coronavirus are not treated in the isopod or by full-suited caregivers.
SPOKANE, Wash. — Patients with confirmed cases of coronavirus arrived in Spokane for treatment on Thursday.
Todd Woodard with the Spokane Airport said the two patients landed around 11:00 a.m. They were brought through a private terminal on the east side of the airport.
The patients were then transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center. Two additional patients were flown into Spokane on Thursday evening.
All patients came from Travis Air Force Base near Sacramento. According to HHS, all patients were passengers on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship.
Providence will work with the Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as well as other departments to care for the patients while they are under isolation.
The patients were brought to Sacred Heart because it is one of 10 hospitals in the country with secured airborne infection isolation rooms.
The 14,000- square-foot unit contains 12 patient rooms, including two critical care rooms. When used for the most acute care circumstances, the unit can care for up to 10 patients.
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