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St. Mary’s Carondelet Hospital making preparations for Omicron variant | Coronavirus – Tucson, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona 2021-12-03 16:45:00 –

Tucson (KVOA)-St. Mary’s Hospital, part of Carondelet, is looking at variants of omicron and believes it’s time to get the hospital ready.

Dr. Andrea Herbert is the Medical Director of the Emergency Department.

“Here in the United States, we are currently facing a new variant of COVID called the Omicron variant. As a community, it’s important not to panic,” says Herbert.

“We need to rely on the scientific evidence that they are currently trying to accumulate as to how contagious they are now and how effective they are against the current COVID vaccine.” She said.

Many of their new plans sound similar to the old ones, but this time the hand washing is even more enhanced.

“Always wear a mask, stay at a social distance, and wash your hands. Hand washing is important if you have a highly contagious strain, such as the Delta mutant, and because the Omicron mutant is currently unknown.” Herbert said. “That’s why it’s even more important to adhere to strict hand hygiene.”

Amanda Odel is the RN manager of the emergency department and she said they were also ready to handle anything.

“It’s always a little stressful. I don’t know what’s coming, but I don’t think it’s any different from emergency care,” Odel said. “You really don’t know what’s coming from the door. We’re always excited and prepared for everything.”

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