City of Beckley considering using convention center as triage if the need arises

BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – The City of Beckley has started looking into options in case the local hospitals start to overflow.

Beckley Mayor Rob Rappold says the city has been thinking about using the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center as a triage center for patients in less critical condition. 

“The plan would be to arrange a medical professional to oversee that particular operation, so we think that’s a possibility,” Rappold said. “The EOC, the 911 Center, also has other facilities that could be used in a similar fashion.” 

Rappold says this is just an abstract idea at this point, but the city is ready to move should the need arise. 

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Anna Saunders
Anna Saunders is a weekend reporter for WOAY. With a diploma from Princeton Senior High School and a mother from Fayette County, she is no stranger to the area. She received a degree in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and wanted to return home to start her career as a reporter.