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Smaller hospitals are ready for Coronavirus patients

Posted at 5:43 PM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 19:40:43-04

WOOSTER, Ohio — For the last several days, people waited inside their cars for hours to get tested outside hospitals in the Cleveland area.

Cuyahoga County has the highest number of patients in the state. But as the virus spreads across the country, hospitals in rural areas are getting prepared too.

"We stand ready to care of patients who may be diagnosed with COVID-19," said Dr. Paul Moodispaw, the Chief of Medical Staff in Wooster. "Everyone is trying to prepare on short notice. Everyone is trying to look at their supplies. Everybody is trying to educate not only their staff but the surrounding community."

There are 172 beds at Wooster Community Hospital. 118 of them can be used as isolation beds.

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