PHOTOS: On the front lines with Temecula Valley Hospital

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Temecula Valley Hospital registered nurses Jofel Del Mundo, left, and Jackie Simon, help tend to patients who may be showing symptoms of the COVID-19 virus at a triage tent setup outside the emergency department where tests are conducted. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo

As COVID-19 cases continue to increase throughout the Temecula Valley and surrounding communities, Valley News takes a look at how Temecula Valley Hospital is working behind the scenes to keep patients, caregivers and the community as a whole safe.
As TVH is fully operational in treating day-to-day patients, the hospital has changed some of their protocols in an effort to combat and respond to the growing threat of the COVID-19 virus. While at the front line response of the virus, staff at TVH are working hard and taking necessary precautions to keep the community they serve safe in these trying times.
This photo essay is a visual presentation of the Temecula Valley Hospital’s response to the historic COVID-19 outbreak during a two-day period, March 25-26.

Temecula Valley Hospital emergency room Physician Assistant Greg Davidson prepares to enter a triage tent setup outside the emergency department where COVID-19 screenings and tests are conducted. TVH staff working in the screening tent wear respirator helmets called a Controlled Air Purifying Respirator, or CAPR for short, to protect themselves against aerosolized and airborne particulates. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
Tony of Francesca’s Italian Kitchen in Temecula donates Italian sandwiches to Temecula Valley Hospital staff as they continue their hard work for the community on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
TVH Chief Nursing Officer Janet Ruffin has her temperature taken as she enters the hospital. Her temperature was normal, so she heads into the building to lead her team of nurses. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
Temecula Valley Hospital staff caring for patients wear masks round-the-clock for patient safety in an effort to slow the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 virus. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
Signs detailing the requirement for TVH hospital staff to be pre-screened for COVID-19 before entering the building are placed throughout the hospital as a safety measure to decrease the spread of the coronavirus. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
After spending several days out of retirement to help TVH in the response of the COVID-19 outbreak, Kate DiDonato officially retired after a 40 year career as an RN, working in the operating room, program development, education and as Chief Nursing Officer, March 26. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
Temecula Valley Hospital Supply Manager Kim Dawson and Supply Tech Art Tucker do an inventory of donated N95 masks to the hospital. TVH has been receiving donations such as masks and toilet paper daily. The hospital will continue to accept new personal protective equipment in preparation for the event of a surge in confirmed COVID-19 patients who will need to be treated at the hospital. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
TVH receives drawings and letters from children thanking them for their work and care in the community as health care workers continue their efforts in slowing the spread and treating patients affected by the COVID-19 virus. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
TVH receives drawings and letters from children thanking them for their work and care in the community as health care workers continue their efforts in slowing the spread and treating patients affected by COVID-19. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
Temecula Valley Hospital HVAC technician Jason Sovocool adjusts the negative air flow vent to contain airflow from a restricted area where suspected COVID-19 patients are treated safely. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
TVH Pharmacist Michael Greenley has his temperature taken before entering the TVH building as health care workers continue their efforts in slowing the spread of COVID-19. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
TVH Director of Infection Prevention Jacob Vinocur, tests sanitation methods for N-95 respirators in the event that the health care workers may need to reuse their masks due to limited supply. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
TVH ED Tech Jason Harbert, exits the emergency room and enters a coronavirus screening tent as testing continues for patients who may be exhibiting symptoms of the COVID-19 virus. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
TVH Security Manager Henry Valle, helps keep patients and staff safe at the entrance of the hospital as the facility is currently closed to visitors during the efforts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
TVH Environment of Care Director Rocky Ketcham attends a COVID-19 Command Center meeting with hospital staff leaders from all departments to discuss the hospital’s current status, needs and plan of care for the fight against COVID-19. These emergency preparedness meetings, which usually take place once a day are now being conducted twice daily in an effort to handle the pandemic at a local level. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
Temecula Valley Hospital CEO Darlene Wetton meets with hospital staff leaders from all departments during one of two Covid-19 Command Center meetings to discuss new findings and their plan of care in an effort to treat and slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus on a local level. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
The TVH Environmental Services team cleans and sanitizes a corridor inside the Temecula Valley Hospital. The EVS team routinely disinfects the hospital daily but is currently executing a plan to increase the frequency of times they clean in an effort to provide a safe environment and slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
TVH Emergency Department Manager Cori Cole, exits the emergency unit where patients are being treated with special air ventilation. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
A large tent is set up as a changing facility for TVH staff and physicians. This enables the health care team to leave the facility safely by removing scrubs worn inside of the hospital before going home to their families. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
TVH Lab Tech Miranda Sanders puts on her personal protective equipment and prepares to log, store and send COVID-19 tests from patients who displayed symptoms of the virus while being screened at the hospital. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
TVH Lab Tech Miranda Sanders dons her personal protective equipment before logging, storing and sending COVID-19 tests from patients who displayed symptoms of the virus while being screened at the hospital. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
COVID-19 tests from patients displaying symptoms of coronavirus are safely sealed and stored before being sent off to Riverside County Department of Public Health or LabCorp for results. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
TVH Lab Tech Miranda Sanders scans a COVID-19 test kit into the records before storing the test in a freezer to be sent off for results. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
TVH Lab Tech Miranda Sanders stores a COVID-19 test kit in a freezer before sending off for results. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
TVH health care workers continue to screen and test patients displaying symptoms of the coronavirus as global efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 pandemic continues. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo