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Matt Tumbleson looks around the Blu Med tent system at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center on Friday. He said it took a while to erect the tent because of rain, but the tent is now secure and can withstand winds up to 100 mph. The tent system is located on the hospital grounds and will be used to screen and test patients for Covid 19, the coronavirus. Patients who are presenting symptoms of the virus will be screened and determined if testing is required. If the patient is tested for the virus, he or she is sent home from the tent to self isolate while the patient awaits the results from DHEC unless the symptoms require them to be admitted to the hospital. The average length of stay in the tent is expected to be about two hours, a hospital spokesperson said, and no one will be housed in the tent system. The tent system can hold up to 30 patients for screening and there property on the hospital grounds to expand and erect more tents. Tumbleson is the director of emergency preparedness and security at the hospital. Photo by Janet Morgan/janet.morgan@myhorrynews.com

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