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Mobile Medical Ward Prepped for Flu Onslaught

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(Photo- KXNT SamStone) Dr. Kathleen Cornia stands at the door of a mobile medical facility at Spring Valley Hospital

(Photo- KXNT SamStone) Dr. Kathleen Cornia stands at the door of a mobile medical facility at Spring Valley Hospital

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Las Vegas CBS KXNT- The Las Vegas valley has been spared so far from virulent influenza strains that have walloped 47 other states. But if the flu sweeps into town, Spring Valley Hospital officials say they’ll have room for additional patients.

The hospital is setting up a mobile medical facility in its parking lot to absorb patients who are not critically ill, and to make make room inside the building for people who are. The temporary ward is a 90-foot tent, but infection prevention specialist David Woodard says it’s a very serviceable treatment center.

Even freezing weather is not a worry, Woodard told KXNT on Friday as the unit was being prepped. The tent will be heated and well-lit, with room for for 20 beds, nursing staff, computers, and supplies. The unit was funded by a homeland security grant to the city of Las Vegas.

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