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Cuero Health Revises Visitor Policy and Updates Universal Masking Policy in All Cuero Health Facilities

Hospital news | Thursday, June 25, 2020

Contact: Emily Weatherly

Cuero, TX—In response to growing number of positive COVID-19 cases in the immediate area and in keeping with patient safety practices, Cuero Regional Hospital revised their visitor policy to only allow patients with appointments inside their facilities. This visitor policy change is effective starting at 7 a.m. on Friday, June 26, 2020. With this policy change, screening will not be offered on Saturdays or Sundays at Cuero Regional Hospital.

“Due to the COVID-19 positive case increase in DeWitt County and surrounding counties, and in effort to better protect our staff and our community, we are restricting access to our facilities at this time,” said Lynn Falcone, CEO of Cuero Health. “No visitors will be allowed in Cuero Regional Hospital’s emergency department, outpatient areas, clinics, day surgery unit and inpatient units. Exceptions may be made to these visitor restrictions due to special circumstances.”

The special circumstances to the new visitor restrictions, per Falcone, include: pediatric patients, elderly patients, special needs patients, surgery patients, end-of-life patients and labor & delivery patients. “We want to be respectful of these special needs/situations and respond accordingly. We are putting these new visitor restrictions in place to help protect all those in our care and do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Falcone.

Cuero Health and all of its facilities are also stressing the importance of their masking policy. Everyone in a Cuero Health facility is required to wear a mask or face covering at all times while in the facility. “Partnering with all who enter our facilities to wear masks throughout the building(s) and wear the masks properly is a great step forward in slowing the spread. This is in line with CDC’s best practices and we are requiring 100% compliance with our masking policy,” said Falcone.

Outpatient, ER, Clinic, or therapy patients without a mask will be issued a mask upon entering a Cuero Health facility after they have been through the screening process. “We need the public’s help in the area of masking. We encourage you to bring your own mask before you come to a Cuero Health facility. Our PPE supplies are limited and the more support we receive in terms of our patients bringing masks to appointments, the less burden it places on the hospital in terms of available masks and cost,” said Falcone.

“We appreciate your patience and support as we make these revisions to our visitor policy and our masking policy to protect everyone in our facilities. Limiting the number of people in our facilities, as well as wearing masks to protect our face from the spread of germs is so important. We continue to stress to all that enter to practice good handwashing practices as well and do not touch your face. Make sure your mask is covering both nose and mouth. We are all in this together, trying to do the next right thing to protect ourselves and our loved ones from COVID-19,” said Lynn Falcone, CEO of Cuero Health.

For more information and the latest updates from Cuero Health, please visit www.cuerohospital.org or follow us on Facebook: Cuero Regional Hospital.

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