The overflow tent is assembled outside Spring Valley Hospital. (Azenith Smith/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warning the flu is widespread this year, chances are you or someone you know is down and out with sickness.
Flu season kicked off early this year and is widespread in at least 47 states.
Not taking any chances, Spring Valley Hospital on South Rainbow Boulevard at Hacienda Avenue is setting up a mobile medical facility near its emergency department.
The facility is essentially a tent designed to accommodate patient overflow.
"Spring Valley Hospital is fully prepared to handle an influx of patients as we do every year. The tent is an example of the cooperative relationship we have with city and county emergency systems should the need arise," said Leonard Freehof, CEO and managing director of Spring Valley Hospital. "We also want to encourage people that if they are having a medical emergency to seek immediate medical treatment."
The tent is 90 feet by 39 feet and can accommodate up to 20 beds. The tent is inflated with a generator which also controls the climate inside.
"Setting up the city's mobile medical facility is a proactive step in making sure our valley is ready for any situation," said Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman. "Our emergency management team always strives to be ahead of a potential issue, and once again, this shows our commitment to being prepared.
"Flu season has gotten off to a terrible start around the country and it's likely the problem hasn't peaked yet," said Clark County Commission Chair Steve Sisolak. "Local residents should take the earliest opportunity to get a flu shot to protect themselves. This is especially important for the elderly and children. Fortunately, Las Vegas has not been hit as hard as most places around the country."
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