The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers met today with members of the Calhoun County Infectious Disease Task Force to evaluate potential alternate medical care facilities. These facilities could be used to treat non-COVID-19 patients in the event that the local hospital system exceeds capacity from a surge of patients who test positive with the coronavirus.
The Corps of Engineers and the Calhoun County Task Force reviewed building plans and then toured several potential sites throughout the County. At the end of the site evaluations, the Corps of Engineers will submit an assessment to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), who will then submit the information to the State of Alabama. The Corps’ assessment will determine the viability of each site. For those sites that meet US Army Corps of Engineer standards, further information will be provided on the feasibility of what physical and staffing measures would need to be implemented for each facility to become an alternate medical care site.
The Calhoun County Infectious Disease Task Force will use the recommendations from the Corps of Engineers as a tool to help determine if a facility maybe utilized for an alternate medical care site.