CORAL SPRINGS, FL – With an expected influx of coronavirus patients, Broward Health Coral Spring has set up a triage outside the emergency room entrance to screen patients and determine treatment options for them.

Jared Smith, chief executive officer of the hospital, told Coral Springs city commissioners on Tuesday that in tents set up for the triage, doctors are determining in a matter of minutes whether to admit patients into the hospital or care for them in a separate tent (which is equipped with X-ray and other equipment) and then send them home to self-quarantine.

“We’re at full force,” he said.

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In addition, Smith said the hospital has:

- brought in more physicians and nurses in what he called a “surge” to treat the sickest people in the community.

- increased the number of ventilators.

- called off elective surgeries.

- restricted all visitors to the hospital with a few exceptions, including those visiting the maternity department.

- suspended the coronavirus testing site in the Coral Springs-Coconut Creek area so the testing kits could be used for vulnerable patients in the hospital.