Munson Township Fire Department officials shared their concerns regarding area hospital capacity related to COVID-19 cases last week.

Fire Capt. Brian Gray told trustees during the Nov. 10 meeting that TriPoint Medical Center in Concord was among the area hospitals that went on complete diversion.

“Because the emergency rooms are completely inundated, we had this issue with Geauga last night, [Cleveland Clinic] Hillcrest [Hospital in Mayfield], Lake West [in Mentor] and Geauga hospitals are completely full, they have no beds right now,” Capt. Gray said. “The squads were actually sitting out by the emergency room bay with patients because they had nowhere to put them, they even ran out of hall space for beds, so things are starting to change.

Statewide, COVID-19 cases hit an all-time high with Gov. Mike DeWine imploring residents to take safety orders seriously by wearing masks, practicing physical distancing and avoiding large crowds.

This past week the Munson department experienced some of the sickness with some of its personnel who quarantined until they got tested.

“Fortunately, those tests that came back were negative, we took all the precautions,” Capt. Gray said. “We’ve obviously, not that we weren’t before, but we’ve stepped up our protocols inside the firehouse.”

Capt. Gray indicated some of the area fire departments have had COVID-19 exposures and they have been trying to help them out as much as they can.

In the meantime, all personnel have gone for training in dealing with cases that could be COVID-19 or the flu. The training was provided through the department’s insurance company, officials said.

“It was a very valuable training, it’s something that we’re reaching out trying to find as many resources as we possibly can to keep us on our toes,” Capt. Gray said. “In regard to any type of exposures or anything we would have there, Caleb Ferroni being our compliance officer for COVID-19 has really been on point with that, making sure that you know where it’s at,” Capt. Gray said.

In other business, trustees discussed another round of expenditures.

Two item quotes from R&T Fence, Inc. were discussed and shelved for the next trustees meeting.

The next trustees meeting is Nov. 24 at 6:30 p.m.

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