With COVID-19 spreading in Eastern Jackson County, St. Mary’s Medical Center in Blue Springs is putting in place plans to deal with a possible influx of cases.


In a statement released Friday, the hospital said it continues to see an increase in cases and has created two dedicated isolation units. All 146 beds in the hospital could be converted to isolation units, the statement said.


The Examiner asked specific questions earlier in the week on the number of COVID-19 patients currently being treated or whether the hospital had enough ventilators to meet its needs. St. Mary’s did not answer those questions in its statement.


St. Mary’s did say it had sufficient supplies of personal protective equipment. And as a member of the Prime Healthcare national health system, the hospital has access to additional supplies.


“We also understand the number of COVID-19 patients is rising in our community and are actively ordering additional supplies to ensure all of our health care providers have the protection they need to face this unprecedented pandemic,” the statement said.