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Emergency room in Miami-Dade prepares isolation rooms for COVID-19 patients

Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach has new isolation rooms

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Amid the world’s novel coronavirus spread, the emergency medicine staff at Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach’s only emergency care provider, has been getting prepared for the possibility of a pandemic.

Dr. David Farcy, the chair of emergency medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center, said the emergency room, which has an eight-bed minor care unit, now has a unit with isolation rooms with trained staff.

“Once we have identified a patient with an airborne disease, we move them into the isolation room, especially if we think they have coronavirus,” Farcy said.

Doctors will keep patients who need to be tested for the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, in the isolation room for 24 to 48 hours.

Farcy also said the isolation rooms have an airlock that is designed to keep bacteria from spreading to other parts of the hospital.

About the Authors:

Trent Kelly is an award-winning multimedia journalist who joined the Local 10 News team in June 2018. Trent is no stranger to Florida. Born in Tampa, he attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he graduated with honors from the UF College of Journalism and Communications.

The Emmy Award-winning journalist joined the Local 10 News team in 2013. She wrote for the Miami Herald for more than 9 years and won a Green Eyeshade Award.