Correction: An earlier version of this story used a photo of medical tents in Las Vegas to accompany the article, but they were not the Exeter tents. To see photos of the Exeter tents, visit Seacoast Online here.

If you're driving by Exeter Hospital and see something unusual in the parking lot, you're not seeing things.

According to Seacoast Online, two large 40 foot medical tents have been set up in the parking lot near the emergency room.  NH National Guard set them up this week in preparation for an "overflow of patients".

Debra Vasapolli, director of public affairs at the hospital, tells Seacoast Online that the tents would be used for people coming in with medical emergencies not related to Covid-19.  This would allow doctors to treat patients in an environment that holds less risk for patients.

So, how has Exeter Hospital been handling Coronavirus?  According to, they are working closely with the NH Dept. of Health as well as the CDC.  They have also implemented screening protocols as well as a "sytem wide, clinically led team to prepare for and respond to the potential of a Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the Seacoast".


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