First COVID-19 patients admitted to St. Joseph Campus

Awaiting supplies for COVID-19 rapid testing

WBEN Newsroom
March 26, 2020 - 5:11 pm
St. Joseph's Hospital. March 23, 2020 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

St. Joseph's Hospital. March 23, 2020 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - The first COVID-19 patients have been admitted to the St. Joseph Campus on Harlem Road in Cheektowaga according to Catholic Health Systems.

Treatment units at the site are being “phased-in” to help alleviate pressure at other Catholic Health hospitals and support the Governor’s plan to increase surge capacity. The campus is a “direct admit” COVID-19 Treatment Facility, not a walk-in facility, which means patients will only be admitted with a doctor’s order from another Catholic Health facility.

Catholic Health last week announced the closure of the emergency department at St. Joseph Campus and the conversion of the facility to an all COVID-19 facility.

The rapid testing program that Catholic Health announced it would begin is awaiting the necessary supplies to allow the program to get underway.  Catholic Health is partnered with Cepheid, Inc. to begin onsite rapid COVID-19 testing and is working directly with the Governor’s office and local government officials to secure testing supplies for WNY.

Additionally, Catholic Health says in preparation for a potential increase in patients seeking care, they have established medical triage tents outside our Emergency Departments at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Sisters of Charity Hospital – Main St. Campus, Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, and the Mercy Ambulatory Care Center in Orchard Park. The tents, which have heat, light and medical record capabilities, allow for safe triage and assessment of patients seeking care.

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