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Moore County Hospital District is pleased to see that new Covid-19 cases remain low based on actual patient volumes in our various care settings. As such, we have demobilized portions of our COVID response and are returning to a more regular care posture. The State Department of Health is now performing its responsibilities for Covid-19 contact tracing as they would normally do with other communicable diseases. For that reason, we are standing down on our reporting and will no longer be publishing a daily Covid-19 Scorecard. While the report has been helpful, we have determined that its usefulness is reduced as Moore County begins to return to work.
If you wish to continue following how Moore County is doing in regards to Covid-19, we direct you to the Texas Department of Health website. The link is listed below along with some other helpful links. They update regularly; usually daily.
Some restrictions, including visitation restrictions, will remain in place at Moore County Hospital District to ensure the safety of our patients, staff, and nursing home residents.
Moore County Hospital District encourages all citizens to continue practicing Covid-19 precautions while we return to our daily routines.
More information on case counts, recoveries, active cases, etc. are available at the Texas Department of Health Website by clicking on the COVID-19 case dashboard link here:
To view national and global data, the John Hopkins website is available here:
To see how our area is performing on social distancing, the Unicast project is available here:
The District has taken multiple precautions and developed many procedures to address the "New Normal" of COVID-19.
With current recovery trends occurring in our area, the District is making certain services available again as needed by the community. These services will be available for the foreseeable future, unless COVID-19 again becomes prevalent in area clinics and in the hospital inpatient unit.
These services will be made available with enhanced precautions against the COVID-19 virus. The safety of our community members is a high priority.
Steps we are taking include:
Due to the high mortality rate of COVID-19 for the elderly, the Memorial Nursing and Rehabilitation Center will continue to be on lock down to protect our residents. Visitor access is still not allowed, though staff continues to work with families to provide alternate contact methods with their loved ones. Nursing Home employees are being screened for symptoms and housekeeping staff are being assigned as temporary Nursing Home employees. All Nursing Home employees are prohibited from entering the hospital side campus. Any other employee needing to provide necessary care to a resident is required to suit up into clean gear before passing the threshold, including physicians. Residents will be provided separate, personalized tray service prepared in a sterile environment.
HOSPITAL & EMERGENCY ROOM
With the drop of COVID inpatients to MCHD, the COVID-19 dedicated wing has been decommissioned until otherwise needed. Any future positive or suspected COVID patients will be provided the same very specific infection control procedures as other highly contagious diseases. Staff is trained and experienced to contain and prevent spread should COVID be present again in the hospital.
All who enter the campus will continue to be screened for the protection of staff and patients. Staff continues to be screened daily and will continue to wear masks
The Emergency Room is available for the community as needed. Patients are welcome to seek care without worry of COVID infection. Procedures are in place for your protection and terminal cleaning of rooms and equipment .
Well patients needing routine lab draws will be able to return to the main hospital lab beginning 05/25/2020.
The Labor & Delivery and the Surgery Units will continue to provide an isolated, private, sterile entrance for women in labor and surgical patients. These patients will continue to be pre-registered by phone.
We are accepting direct admissions and swing bed admissions.
The No Visitor Policy remains in effect with exceptions for Surgery, Labor & Delivery, and Swing Bed patients. One visitor specified by the patient will be allowed to accompany or visit on site. Visitors will be screened for disease factors.
A drop box is still available outside the main entrance for patient payment drop offs. We still urge the community not to enter the hospital unless you are seeking care.
The District will continue to practice other internal infection control procedures until the threat of COVID no longer exists in our community.
Outpatient Lab Services
Outpatient labs will return back to the hospital campus on Monday May 25th. Hours of service for registered patients will revert to 24 hours service.
Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy
Moore County Therapy Services will resume operations on site on Monday, May 18th. Precautions such as screening, masks, and social distancing as possible will remain in effect.
The Patient Financial, Clinic Billing, and Accounting offices will continue to do business/take payments over the phone and internet, and will reopen to the public for face to face transactions. YOU MUST WEAR A MASK TO ENTER THE BUILDINGS. Drop boxes are still available for cash payments or paperwork as well.
Family Health Clinic
Internal Medicine Clinic
Bone & Joint, Foot & Ankle, General Surgery, and the Obstetrics & Gynecology Clinics
You may be tested for COVID-19 in Dumas at a physician's office. Tests will be based on symptoms and severity to maintain a healthy stock of test kits. Please contact the physicians' office first to inform them of your visit so they may take necessary precautions.
The hospital is coordinating with area physicians in regards to patients who come into the ER with severe and concerning symptoms. Please do not access the Emergency Room for COVID testing unless advised to do so by your physician.
Moore County physicians offices that offer testing currently are:
Moore County Family Health Clinic
110 South Bliss
Dumas, TX 79029
Dr. Purl's Fast Care Clinic
1524 Guylane Plaza
Dumas, TX 79029
Dumas Family Practice
120 South Beard
Dumas, TX 79029
The Well Health Center in Cactus
200 Palo Duro
Cactus, TX 79013
Dr. Carmen Purl
110 E 4th St
Sunray, TX 79086
The COVID-19 virus affects the respiratory system. Treatment of pneumonia and respiratory distress is very common in our facility. Our staff is trained and experienced and has the knowledge to care for these patients.
Should the patient develop symptoms requiring a higher level of care, such as in cases of cardiac distress, we may transfer them to another area hospital with access to needed equipment and specialists.
The District DOES have ventilator capability and we have been planning and procuring as much necessary supplies and equipment as we can in the instance of a large influx of inpatients to our facility.
Though our COVID unit has been decommissioned due to lack of COVID over an extended period of time, we are able to recommission the unit quickly and effectively as needed.
If need be, our new patient care wing is close enough to completion that in a worse-case scenario, we could certainly house patients who need care within it.
We are thinking and planning about every possible eventuality and will do what ever is necessary at the time in order to take care of our patients and community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 is a disease caused by a type of coronavirus (which typically causes the common cold) that effects the respiratory system. A virus is a tiny organism that enters the human body and multiplies by making copies of itself in the cells of its host.
COVID-19 spreads from person to person by means of droplets. When someone coughs or sneezes, tiny droplets containing the virus become airborne. These droplets then either land on a surface or directly fall on or enter another person while airborne. When the virus lands on a surface that is touched by someone, the virus clings to the new person and enters the body when the individual touches their face.
COVID-19 was first identified during an outbreak in Wuhan China in late 2019. Since being identified, COVID-19 has been spread by normal means across borders to surrounding countries by individuals who were infected
Since COVID-19 is a virus that effects the respiratory system, the main symptoms are fever and respiratory-related ailments, such as a cough (usually dry or without producing mucus) and shortness of breath.
The majority (the World Health Organization estimates 80%) of those who get COVID-19 recover from the disease without any need of special treatment. Most individuals will have mild symptoms.
Some patients have experienced more flu-like symptoms such as aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, a sore throat, or diarrhea. Newer identified symptoms include: new loss of smell and/or taste, rashes or discoloration specific to the feet or toes.
About 1 in 6 people who contract COVID-19 will have severe symptoms with respiratory distress. The most extreme cases have resulted in double-lung pneumonia, multiple-organ failure, and in some instances, death.
EMERGENCY WARNING SIGNS
Emergency warning signs are: difficulty breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion or disorientation, the inability to arouse from sleep, and blueish lips or face. If you or a loved one experience these symptoms, seek emergency help immediately. This list of emergency symptoms is not all inclusive, so if you experience other symptoms that are severe or concerning, please contact a medical professional immediately.
The CDC estimates that symptoms appear between 2-14 days after exposure due to the observed incubation time of the virus.
WHO IS MOST AT RISK?
Those most susceptible to have a severe episode are the elderly, those who have compromised immune systems, or those who have a chronic illness such as high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, or the like.
Since the COVID-19 virus enters the body through touch, wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with plain soap and water. Viruses are killed by soap and water because soap dissolves the delicate outside membrane of the virus, causing it to fall apart. This is the most cost efficient way to kill this virus.
Hand sanitizers will also kill COVID-19 but must remain on the skin for a recommended amount of time. Be sure to check to see how long it needs to be on your hands before it kills the virus.
Disinfect “high-touch” surfaces daily. These include doorknobs, phones, light switches, toilet handles, counter tops, cabinet doors, etc. These are the places that are touched multiple times a day by multiple people.
Maintain a distance from others who are sneezing or coughing to prevent the droplets from entering through your nose or mouth. The WHO recommends three feet. You will hear this being referred to as "social distancing" in the media.
Avoid touching your face, including your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Avoid traveling to places where COVID-19 is prevalent.
Avoid being in the company of those who contract COVID-19, regardless of how mild their symptoms are.
WHAT TO DO WHEN SICK
First of all: DON'T PANIC
Stay at home unless you need to seek medical care.
SEEKING MEDICAL CARE
If your symptoms start to become worse with shortness of breath, fever and cough; contact a local clinic first to let them know you need to be seen.
It is VERY IMPORTANT to call ahead first so the doctor’s office can prepare by taking infection prevention measures before your arrival.
When you leave the house, cover your face with a mask or cloth to stop the droplets from spreading.
Your doctor’s office will then guide you with next steps depending on your personal needs; the severity of your condition, your personal health risk factors, your family situation, etc.
It is possible that you may be tested and placed on quarantine, or be asked to self-quarantine at home.
WHEN TO GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM
The signs specific to COVID-19 that indicate you are having an emergency and should go to the ER are:
If you or a loved one experience any of these symptoms, seek emergency help immediately.
** Please note that this list of emergency symptoms is not all inclusive, so if you experience other symptoms that are severe or concerning, please contact a medical professional immediately or go to the emergency room.
The CDC (Center of Disease Control) is the nation's health protection agency.
The WHO (World Health Organization) is a global public health organization run by the United Nations.
The Texas Department of State Health Service (DSHS) is our local resource for health information, including current viral outbreaks.
These three organizations have extensive and comprehensive information about the COVID-19 virus that they update almost daily. They provide information in easy to understand language in order to educate the public. They are also the front line when it comes to diseases in the community.
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