BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Bismarck hospital has turned to a Mandan nursing home to help care for some coronavirus patients as cases continue to rise in the region.
COVID-19 patients who have been discharged from Sanford Health but still need medical care will go to Sunset Drive Prospera Community in Mandan.
The COVID unit at Sunset will operate with separate entrances, designated staff and personal protective equipment. The facility will begin accepting patients early next week, according to a letter from a regional coronavirus task force.
State health officials on Thursday confirmed 201 new coronavirus cases in 28 counties, topping the previous record of 181 cases on Aug. 8. The state for the first time met its goal of 7,000 daily tests, reporting 7,182 screenings from the previous day. That surpassed the previous high by more than 1,000 tests.
A Sanford Health official said the hospital’s COVID-19 unit has adequate resources, the Bismarck Tribune reported.
“Our COVID care unit is not full and we have no shortage of ventilators,” Dr. Danielle Thurtle, interim chief medical officer for Sanford, said in a statement. “We also have the capacity to expand COVID beds as needed. In some cases, we may utilize the COVID care unit being established at the Sunset Drive long-term care facility in Mandan for patients who require a long-term care facility setting and no longer require hospital care.”