BAYONNE, NJ - While staff at the Bayonne Medical Center have held numerous drills over the years requiring their staff to adapt to an ongoing crisis, they are putting that training to work for real this week as the hospital has installed a nine-bed triage tent to help deal with the overflow of patients due to COVID-19.

“The tent center is up and running live,” said CarePoint Health spokesperson Eric Bloom.

Patients who show symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath and body aches will be triaged in the tent area giving the hospital more options for handling incoming patients.

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The hospital has received donations to cover various supplies including desperately needed ventilators, as well as care packages and food, from members of the Bayonne community as well as the State of New Jersey to help during the global health crisis.

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