Yoakum, TX (March 13, 2020) – On March 7, 2020 a patient was initially seen at Yoakum Community Hospital, who subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 at another facility. We have identified all staff who met criteria for surveillance per the CDC definition. We are currently awaiting further instruction from the local health department about continued monitoring.
Effective today, March 13, 2020, the following measures will be instituted at Yoakum Community Hospital.
- YCH will restrict access to the Hospital for patients, visitors, employees, and clinical personnel. Access will only be through the emergency room doors and Professional Office Building doors.
- There will be a formal check-in and check-out for everyone.
- Patients are limited to one companion— no exceptions during this time.
- Public access to the Bistro (Cafeteria) will not be allowed at this time.
Additional operational changes include: suspending pulmonary rehab, cardiac rehab, elective surgeries, some diagnostics, as well as closing the Outpatient Clinic through Wednesday.
While we realize this is a change from normal operation, we believe this is in the best interests of public safety.
Dr. Blake Goodman, Medical Director of the Yoakum Community Hospital Emergency Room, advised the following statement, “We at Yoakum Community Hospital are doing everything we can to protect our patients, our staff and the community at large. We are still open for all emergencies and hospital services, so if you are sick we are here to help you. However, before coming to the hospital just to be checked, please consider the safety of our patients, our staff and the possibility of spread. We will be screening vital signs, recent travel history, and a physical exam will be performed from the parking lot. You will then be considered medically screened; at that time you will be triaged to the Emergency Room or sent home.”
We realize this situation is rapidly evolving, and we are receiving new information regularly. As this happens, we will be transparent with you, and we will communicate new updates as quickly as we can.
As the virus continues to spread closer to home, we want to assure you that we are providing you with the most up-to-date information, as well as the best training, equipment, resources and support available to protect you, our patients and our community.