El Centro City Council Resolution 20-14 ECRMC

A healthcare worker emerges from a tent outside the Emergency Room at El Centro Regional Medical Center in El Centro. The tent was installed to care for individuals suspected of having COVID-19. 

EL CENTRO — El Centro Regional Medical Center CEO Dr. Adolphe Edward continued the hospital’s weekly COVID-19 updates via Facebook Live Tuesday, May 26.

He said the hospital’s current number of COVID-19 positive patients is 47, with a total of 13 in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). ECRMC currently has about 88 total patients in house. According to Edward, more than 80 COVID-positive patients have been discharged from ECRMC to self-quarantine and recover at home.

While the 80-bed Federal Medical Station (FMS) at Imperial Valley College has officially opened, ECRMC has not yet sent any patients. The COVID cases continued to fluctuate over the weekend, reaching up to 54, but Edward said the ECRMC team worked day and night to provide care for those patients.

Edward said he expects and is prepared to see a surge in COVID patients due to the Memorial Day weekend celebrations. He explained how the hospital sees a spike approximately seven days after holidays due to locals gathering to celebrate.

Due to the increasing COVID rates, ECRMC accepted a new tent from the State to be used for processing COVID patients. The tent is larger than ECRMC’s previous tent and has a larger engine to withstand the summer heat. Edward used the same tents while serving in the air force and said they worked very well. He said they are still being used by the military while on deployment.

Edward said he was excited to announce the additional lab scientist the hospital will be welcoming this week. He said he was grateful for the additional staff members — including three physicians, teams of nurses, and extra efforts from county departments — and the expanded lab supply for exams to increase testing capacity.

Despite the growing COVID cases and the hospital’s efforts to provide care for COVID patients, Edward encouraged locals to visit the hospital if necessary. The hospital is still diligently providing care for non-COVID emergencies, according to Edward.

“We are open for healthcare that is non-COVID related,” said Edward.

He also advised soon-to-be moms to visit the hospital when they go into labor. Upon arrival, laboring mothers will be escorted to the maternity ward where they will receive care. He assured the community that the hospital is being thoroughly cleaned and disinfected and staff members are following protocols to keep patients and other staff members safe.

Edward also gave a word of caution against fake N95 masks being sold. The masks are being marketed as N95 masks, but are completely useless, according to Edward.

Again, Edward thanked the generosity of local businesses, restaurants, and community members for their continued support through donations, hand-written letters and cards, prayers, and praise.

“I want to thank the community for the support you’ve provided since the start of this,” said Edward.

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