Coronavirus 19

August 26, 2020 Update | Memorial Place Assisted Living has been following the Texas Governor’s orders as well as following all guidance and required actions from the Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services related to Covid-19 infection control. With this being said, an employee of Memorial Place Assisted Living has tested positive for COVID-19 on 8/26/20. The facility will be working closely with Texas Health and Human Services and the health department to make sure we continue to follow all guidelines set for Texas assisted living facilities.  We will monitor all residents and staff closely and will keep the community informed. Due to the positive COVID-19 Case and current HHSC Guidelines, a delay in the Phase 1 Visitation for Memorial Place Assisted Living will occur.

July 22, 2020 Update | Memorial Health Care Center has been following the Texas Governor’s orders as well as following all guidance and required actions from the Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services related to Covid-19 infection control. With this being said, an employee of Memorial Health Care Center has tested positive for COVID-19 on 7/22/20. The facility will be working closely with Texas Health and Human Services and the Gaines County Health Department to make sure we continue to follow all guidelines set for Texas Nursing Homes. We will monitor all residents and staff closely and will keep the community informed.

PLAN OF ACTION – COVID 19 IMPACT

Seminole Hospital District has made several changes to protect the community, patients, providers and staff as we respond to the COVID 19 virus.  We appreciate your understanding and support as we pull together as a community regarding this issue. Please remember that 85% of the population in the U.S. diagnosed with COVID 19 experienced either mild or no symptoms  and recovered quickly.  Individuals who are over 65, have heart disease, lung disease, uncontrolled diabetes, or other immune  compromising conditions are at the highest risk.

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FACE MASKS

Seminole Hospital District sees over 300 visitors per day to our facilities.  In accordance with federal and state guidelines, all visitors must have a face mask to enter the facilities.  We urge everyone to please bring their own mask with them when visiting – this can be a surgical type mask or a cloth mask.  If you have been given a mask by the hospital district, please re-use the mask each time you come.  Thank you for your cooperation and support.

MEMORIAL HEALTH CARE CENTER AND MEMORIAL PLACE ASSISTED LIVING

We have been advised by the state that the current no visitor policy for nursing homes and assisted living facilities will remain in place through July 31, 2020.  While the rest of the state is beginning to open up, there is no change in this current policy.  We recognize the burden this places on residents and their families, and our staff would appreciate a change as well.  Until there is a regulation change, we must continue to honor the law.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

 

COVID 19 TESTING

  • COVID 19 testing is not ordered unless a patient meets the criteria established by the Centers for Disease Control and the Texas State Health Department. The criteria are listed below.  If you have fever, cough, shortness of breath, please call the Clinic at 432 758 4750.  Our staff will conduct initial screening by phone and then provide guidance on what to do next.  If you have not traveled outside of the U.S. in the past 14 days, or have not had any known contact with an individual who has been diagnosed with COVID 19, you will likely be asked to self-quarantine in your home and avoid contact with others.  Bed rest, lots of fluids and over the counter medication (Tylenol) will be recommended.
  • Testing criteria:
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Have traveled outside of the U.S. in the past 14 days
  • Have known contract with an individual diagnosed with COVID 19 or under review for COVID 19 by the health department in the last 14 days.

While there is no COVID 19 testing provided, a new drive through clinic is being made available. Learn more about it here.

CLOSINGS

  • There are no visitors allowed in the Memorial Health Care Center (Nursing Facility) and the Memorial Place Assisted Living. This is in accordance with federal regulations and is in place to protect our patients.
  • The Gift Shop will be closed effective March 18th.

VISITORS

  • Individuals may enter the hospital and clinic entrances from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • The clinic entrance will be open for access to the Seminole Community Pharmacy only until 6:00 p.m.
  • For all other times, the only entrance available will be through the Emergency Room.
  • All visitors will be screened at each entrance. Please understand that if you do not pass the screening criteria, you will not be allowed into the building.  If you are a patient, you will be taken to be evaluated by a provider.
  • Each inpatient will be allowed one visitor as a support person. The patient will designate the support person by name.  The support person will be screened each time they visit.

As the Coronavirus (COVID 19) discussion continues to receive daily coverage, we want everyone in Gaines County to be aware of the current status and what to do now.  First of all, please remember that 85% of patients who are infected with this virus recover within a couple of weeks.  The high risk population are individuals over the age of 60 who have other underlying problems, such as pulmonary disease.  To date, there have been no confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Gaines County.  Please remember there is no current vaccine or specific medication for the treatment of Coronavirus.  Remaining home, getting plenty of rest and keeping hydrated is your best course.

It is very important to take the following steps to minimize your potential exposure to this virus:

  • Avoid large crowds (public events, concerts, cruises)
  • Wash your hands thoroughly – at least 20 seconds – with soap and water several times a day or immediately after touching public areas (door handles, stair railings, elevator buttons, etc)
  • If soap and water are not immediately available, use a hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes
  • Clean and disinfect your home
  • If you are in the high risk category – over 60 and have other health problems (pulmonary / lung disease, heart disease, diabetes) – please remain at home as much as possible.

The basic symptoms for Coronavirus are:

  • Fever
  • Persistent cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Persistent pressure in chest

If  you have these symptoms, do not come to the Clinic, Hospital, Emergency Room or your Provider’s office – we do not want others to become infected. Please call the Health Department Hotline at 800-360-6510 and there is a protocol for determining whether testing for the virus will be done. Not all patients with these symptoms will be tested – local and state health department staff will determine if a test is warranted.

As always, if you have a life threatening emergency, call 911 or you may come to the Emergency Room and we will treat you.

Click here for current information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

Thank you for your understanding as we all work through this period of time.  We will continue to provide updates as new information is available.