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Upstate University Hospital Chief Executive Officer Robert Corona, DO
Upstate University Hospital Chief Executive Officer Robert Corona, DO

Pandemic preparations: How Upstate University Hospital handles a crisis

Staff from Upstate University Hospital train regularly to prepare for a variety of disasters, including pandemics. Chief Executive Officer Robert Corona, DO, explains how hospital leaders comprise an "incident command" team that meets twice a day during the crisis and collaborate with staff from other hospitals in Central New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo asked hospital executives to produce plans for expanding occupancy, and Corona explains how Upstate would be able to increase beds by 77 percent.

Note: If you are running a fever along with a cough or shortness of breath and are concerned about a possible coronavirus infection, contact your primary care doctor. If do not have a primary care doctor or are uninsured, call the Upstate COVID-19 hotline at 315-464-3979, and someone will tell you whether you should be tested. The number will be staffed from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. For questions about the disease, call the New York State Department of Health Coronavirus Hotline at 888-364-3065. Click here for COVID-19 information from Upstate.


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