MANSFIELD — Seemingly everyone and everything is focused on the coronavirus pandemic right now as positive cases continue to soar in the United States. Planning to handle the outbreak has taken priority in recent weeks, including here in Richland County where health care professionals are preparing to combat a surge of COVID-19 cases.
To explain what measures OhioHealth has taken at their facilities in both Mansfield and Shelby, Dr. Gavin Baumgardner, V.P. of Medical Affairs, joined Brian Skowronski and Don Bryant for an exclusive interview.
Baumgardner believes our local hospitals will be prepared to expand and provide care for all who need it if a mass outbreak of coronavirus were to hit the greater Mansfield area. He provides details about how the facilities are handling this situation, treatment for patients with COVID-19 and other ailments, where to get test kits, working hand-in-hand with the government and offers tips for staying safe in public.
As of today, the state of Ohio has confirmed over 1,900 cases of coronavirus with 39 deaths. Richland County has less than 10 confirmed cases and Baumgardner says hospitals are not overwhelmed by patients looking to get tested or treatment at this time.