Governor Kemp touring Navicent temporary pods, Irving Tissue

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Governor Brian Kemp stopped in Macon Wednesday morning to get a glimpse inside the Medical Center, Navicent Health’s temporary medical units used to help fight COVID-19.

He says these pods help make Georgia ready for a potential second wave.

The TMU at Navicent, has more than 20 beds. At first, the facility was planned for patients needing emergency care to make room for COVID-19 related patients in the emergency room. Now, the pods are strictly for COVID-19 patients.

“We did that in a move out of necessity and thankfully it has now turned into being a safety net and that’s because our citizens have done exactly what we’ve asked them to do. They have helped us flatten the curve. They have helped us stop the spread,” Kemp said.

Kemp adds the state-owned pods will be here long term.

“If we have, during the time we’re in now, or in the future a major storm event like hurricane Michael or a tornado, we now have a resource we can quickly deploy,” he said.

Navicent CEO Ninfa Saunders says the hospital stands ready to respond and hasn’t needed the pods yet.

“We’re seeing fewer and fewer patients test positive for COVID-19 or patients who require care in our hospitals. We are beginning to return to business, the pre-COVID times,” she said.

If needed, the facility will be ready for its first patient Thursday morning.

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