The CEO of Reno-based Renown Well being is talking out in opposition to a tweet President Donald Trump posted Tuesday claiming the COVID-19 surge the well being system is experiencing is exaggerated.
Trump shared a tweet from an occasions web site referred to as Community in Vegas claiming that a parking storage Renown Well being has reworked to an alternate care website for COVID-19 sufferers is “pretend” and is not treating any sufferers. Trump retweeted the caption with the remark: “Pretend election leads to Nevada, additionally.” The tweet occurred as Nevada and the town of Reno expertise a surge of COVID-19 hospitalizations. In line with the state, for the week of Nov. 20, COVID-19 circumstances grew at a fee of 1.5%, or 1,854 new circumstances per day. The positivity fee over the 14-day interval was 15.eight%.
Renown constructed the makeshift care website, which value $11 million, this spring for use when the system skilled such a surge of inpatient COVID-19 circumstances, extra beds can be wanted. The well being system hasn’t had to make use of the positioning till a couple of weeks in the past because it sees an inflow of COVID-19 hospitalizations. Renown mentioned 41 sufferers are presently being handled there whereas 200 sufferers are being handled for COVID at its hospitals. The choice care website is used for sufferers who’ve been handled within the hospital for COVID-19 however now not require intensive care and different hospital providers. It may maintain as much as 1,400 sufferers.
“I sleep higher at night time understanding we are able to assist the wants of our group,” mentioned Dr. Anthony Slonim, CEO of Renown. “Nothing would please me greater than by no means needing to make use of it (the makeshift website) however sadly we’re needing to try this.”
The tweet used a photograph of a important care doctor who posted a selfie on the care website on Twitter together with a message about his expertise treating COVID-19 sufferers.Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak, a Democrat, retweeted the doctor’s tweet, expressing because of frontline caregivers.
Sisolak has responded to Trump’s tweet, saying in a ready assertion, “Renown Hospital has served as a pillar of energy for the northern Nevada group all through this pandemic, and particularly throughout this present surge. Day by day, their healthcare staff masks up, go to work, and look after Nevadans most in want.”
Sisolak added that he calls on all leaders of Nevada to sentence the tweet.
Slonim mentioned Renown was following public well being planning practices when it constructed the makeshift website. The parking storage adjoining to Renown Medical Heart has been reworked with plumbing, heating and air-con, unfavorable strain air flow and beds.
“It is type of humorous for me that you’d criticize planning and anticipating a public want like this,” Slonim mentioned.
Slonim added he does not suppose the tweet will pose a distraction to Renown’s frontline staff. “I believe employees come to work every single day to do their job and never be intimidated or distracted from the work at hand, which is to look after others,” he mentioned.