The local Wheeling papers usually run daily updates on the local/regional covid situation. Buried in today’s article are these two paragraphs:
Meanwhile, the COVID-19 surge in the Northern Panhandle has forced Wheeling Hospital to install a semi-permanent tent outside the hospital’s emergency-trauma department.
“The tent, which will open Wednesday, will hold 15 non-COVID ER overflow patients,” Wheeling Hospital CEO Douglass Harrison said. “It has flooring installed, is heated, has hot and cold running water, computer hookups and phone lines. The patients will be comfortable and receive treatment in a much more timely manner.”
A tent? You mean like this?
Has the local coronavirus outbreak reached that critical of a level? (I’m sure local readers can add their own questions.) Why isn’t this a separate story with pictures? Likely answer: because that would require a reporter who asks questions rather than an editor who compiles statistics and press releases into a daily story.
Local Wheeling station, WTRF, is now covering the story. Also add WTOV here.