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Huntington Hospital Sees Decrease in COVID-19 Patients

Published on Thursday, May 28, 2020 | 9:03 am

In just about a month, Huntington Hospital in Pasadena has seen a large decrease in Coronavirus patients.

On Tuesday morning the hospital’s dashboard reported the hospital is treating 27 people battling the virus.

“On April 29, we had the most COVID-19 patients with 79 confirmed cases,” said Dorey Huston, a Huntington Hospital spokesperson. “We are deeply grateful for our community’s efforts to help flatten the curve and encourage everyone to continue wearing masks in public and follow social distancing guidelines.

The hospital receives patients from Pasadena and around the region.

The numbers place Huntington well below its capacity.

As part of its surge plan, the Pasadena City Council voted to convert the Pasadena Convention Center to a 250-bed MASH-like alternate care facility that will be ready to treat COVID-19 patients if the spread of the coronavirus winds up overwhelming the existing number of beds available at Huntington Hospital.

According to a city staff report, the hospital could expand its capacity to about 600 beds – but “projections provided by Huntington Memorial Hospital indicate that at (the outbreak’s) peak, currently estimated for mid-May, there could be as many as 1,300 persons requiring hospitalization at its facility for treatment of COVID-19.’’

“Such a peak would exceed that capacity by approximately 400 beds,’’ the report said.

The models have trended down since then.

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