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Geisinger JS screens patients before entering emergency department

PHOTO PROVIDED Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital is using five tents to help screen people before they enter the hospital. They have raised floors, are heated and each one serves its own purpose. The tents are not a testing site for COVID-19.

JERSEY SHORE – Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital has an extra precaution in place to prevent possible exposure to the Coronavirus.

Tents have been placed outside the emergency entrance where patients are screened for any respiratory illnesses that could be related to COVID-19 before entering the building, Marc Stempka, media relations specialist at Geisinger said.

“These screening tents outside of emergency departments are designed to ensure the safety of all of our patients, visitors and employees by taking precautionary measures to prevent potential exposure to respiratory illnesses,” he said.

Stempka stressed the tents do not provide testing for the virus, they are only checking for any signs a person may be exhibiting symptoms.

“All patients who arrive at our emergency departments with true emergencies, along with anyone accompanying them, will be screened for respiratory illness symptoms – such as fever, cough or shortness of breath – upon arrival,” he said.

On Tuesday, a testing site did open in Williamsport at an outpatient specimen collection site at 609 Brandon Ave.

However, it is not open to the public. Anyone who believes they are experiencing symptoms of the Coronavirus must be referred to the site by a physician.

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