Carilion New River Valley Medical Center sets up climate-controlled outdoor tent to combat high emergency room traffic

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CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WFXR) – In an effort to combat growing numbers of people visiting Carilion New River Valley (CNRV) Medical Center for care, the hospital announced that they set up an outdoor, climate-controlled tent adjacent to the emergency department this weekend.

The thought process around doing this was to help with waiting room space, according to health officials.

The tent has yet to be used; however, it is set up just in case the need arises.

Hospital representatives say that the tent will allow for appropriate social distancing in their waiting room and it will not be used as a patient care area.

“We continue to monitor COVID-19 cases and capacity in our region, adjusting our operations based on local needs. At this time, there is no disruption to services at CNRV or other Carilion hospitals.”

Statement from Carilion New River Valley Medical Center

They say that wait times are longer in the hospital’s emergency departments due to high volumes of ill patients. The hospital encourages residents to only use the emergency department for emergencies.

Hospital officials also say that they have preparedness plans to meet increased demand but they hope that, with the public’s help, that they do not have to use them.

They are urging residents to do the following:

  • Get vaccinated.
  • Seek the appropriate level of care. Call 911 immediately or go to the nearest emergency department for life-threatening illnesses and injuries. If you have a non-life-threatening illness, injury or need a COVID-19 test, please consider primary care, urgent care or retail pharmacy options.
  • Take COVID-19 seriously and know what treatment is available to keep you out of the hospital, like monoclonal antibodies.
  • When in doubt, wear a mask and stay distant from others.

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