COVID-19 UPDATE: Hunt Regional Healthcare Committed to Proactively Preventing the Spread of Respiratory Infections to Protect Patients, Visitors and Staff

3/12/2020

March 12, 2020

Hunt Regional Healthcare Committed to Proactively Preventing the Spread of Respiratory Infections to Protect Patients, Visitors and Staff

Proactive screening procedures implemented at all entrances to
reduce the spread of respiratory illnesses like flu, COVID-19



Hunt Regional Healthcare is continuing to follow CDC guidelines to better protect our patients, staff and visitors at all Hunt Regional locations. Over the past several weeks, hospital leaders have been taking proactive steps in preparation for the potential spread of COVID-19 including regular communications with local and state public health officials, monitoring and conserving the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and reinforcing effective environmental cleaning policies to support infection control.

Even though there are no cases of identified COVID-19 in Hunt County, Hunt Regional Healthcare will be implementing new screening protocols and restricting entrances at all locations including Hunt Regional Medical Center, Hunt Regional Emergency Medical Centers of Commerce and Quinlan and Hunt Regional Open Imaging.

The safety of our patients, visitors and staff is top priority. This new protocol is in response to evidence-based CDC guidelines to help prevent further spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses. We feel these measures are appropriate to keep our patients, visitors and community safe.

At the Greenville campus, patients and visitors will be directed to use either the main entrance, outpatient entrance or emergency department entrance and the emergency entrances at our facilities in Commerce and Quinlan where they will be screened for signs of illness before being admitted to patient care areas. Screening personnel will ask questions about recent travel, fever, and any respiratory symptoms. If a patient has symptoms of illness, they will be asked to wear a “cover your cough” mask and then admitted to the patient care area for further assistance.

Hunt Regional Medical Center will continue our visitation hours; however, children under the age of 12 will not be permitted to visit. Patients in the emergency department will be limited to one accompanying guest. If a visitor has any respiratory symptoms or a fever, we ask that they postpone their visit.
All COVID-19 laboratory testing is currently under the direction of the Texas Department of State Health Services. Hunt Regional Healthcare encourages patients to maintain good hygiene practices including frequent hand washing, cough/sneeze hygiene and maintaining a six-foot-rule around others.
We are continuously monitoring this situation and will provide updates as necessary.

The most current information regarding Coronavirus is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html or you can visit our website at www.HuntRegional.org/COVID19.

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