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MercyHealth reserves Rockton Avenue hospital for COVID-19 patients

By Jim Hagerty

ROCKFORD – MercyHealth, on Thursday, announced a plan to use its hospital at 2400 N. Rockton Ave. for COVID-19 patients.

The move will allow Javon Bea Hospital-Riverside to focus on non-COVID patients and other treatments such as radiology and elective proecures.

“We feel we can safely begin to perform select procedures at our Riverside Hospital campus,” MercyHealth President & CEO Javon Bea said in a release. “We have had numerous requests from patients to open outpatient services such as elective surgeries and radiology imaging services. I am sure the other Rockford hospitals have had similar requests. These services can be safely performed using appropriate protocols and precautions at our Riverside Hospital. We are confident in our plans to care for COVID-19 patients at our Rockton Avenue Hospital and NON-COVID-19 patients at our Riverside Hospital.”

As of this report, 144 people in Winnebago County have tested positive for COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

This story has been updated to reflect that 144 people in Winnebago County have tested positive for coronavirus disease.

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