Another Maryland hospital moves up to crisis care standards, citing COVID outbreak


The University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center has implemented crisis care standards protocols due to an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

The University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center has implemented crisis care standards protocols due to an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

Noel Cervino, president and CEO of UM Charles Regional, said the decision was based on a doubling of COVID-19 patients over ten days.



“The current demand for care is draining our available resources, including staff, and the unprecedented spike in COVID-19 cases has created the need for healthcare organizations to act with agility to combat this pandemic,” Cervino said. “This is not a decision we took lightly and was only taken after exhausting all other avenues to resolve the issues that challenge the functioning of our hospital.”

Officials at two other hospitals in the system have noted extreme increases leading to declarations of “hospital disaster” before Christmas Day.

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