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Hospital officials: facilities can accommodate a COVID surge

COVID-19 cases are overwhelming health care facilities around the country.

But local providers say they have the facilities to accommodate additional patients if a surge occurred locally. Officials with Hardin Memorial Health say they have been prepared for quite some time to address any possible surge in COVID-19 patients. Vice President and Chief Marketing and Development Officer Tracee Trout says current facilities at the hospital can be transformed to meet whatever need comes their way. That comes out to roughly 70 additional beds if the need for expanded critical care came about.

Trout says the hospital has and is currently treating cases of the virus in equipped facilities. 13 cases of the virus are currently hospitalized in the Lincoln Trail region.

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