Triage Tent Returns to TidalHealth ER, Set to Screen for Flu, COVID-19

In its continuing effort to protect the health and well-being of patients, visitors, staff and community, especially as we approach the upcoming flu season and during COVID-19, TidalHealth Peninsula Regional has chosen to reestablish its triage and screening tent adjacent to the walk-in entrance of its Robert T. Adkins, M.D. Emergency/Trauma Center.

A greeter or nurse (as required), positioned outside the emergency department 24 hours a day, seven days a week, will speak with all patients, asking them a series of questions about their health. They will screen for flu and COVID symptoms, and will segregate patients appropriately to a designated location inside the emergency/trauma center or outside within the triage tent based on his or her assessment. TidalHealth plans to start using the tent by October 16. It is not intended for general COVID-19 walk-up screenings.

“Patients walking up or brought to the emergency department in severe distress will still be taken immediately inside and placed in rooms designated to protect them

and others from exposure,” said Angie Brittingham, MSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, Clinical Director of the TidalHealth Peninsula Regional Emergency Department.

TidalHealth Peninsula Regional expects to use the triage tent for the foreseeable future as part of its flu season and COVID-19 enhanced visitor and patient safety processes.

People desiring a COVID-19 test in and around the Wicomico County area may contact any of the following agencies to learn more about availability and appointments.

· Walmart, 409 N. Fruitland Blvd., Salisbury, MD

· CVS, 1016 S. Salisbury Blvd., Salisbury, MD

· Apple Drug, 404A N. Fruitland Blvd., Salisbury, MD

· Your Docs In, Salisbury, MD 877-222-4934 call for information

· Wicomico County Health Department — Every Wednesday, Call 410-912-6889

· Somerset County Health Department — Every Thursday, Call 410-912-6889

Those in need of a seasonal flu shot may visit the TidalHealth website at https://www.mytidalhealth.org/2020flushots for a list of locations on the Delmarva Peninsula.