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Latest COVID-19 Updates from Cuero Health

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Contact: Emily Weatherly

Enhanced Safety Precautions at CRH

August 10, 2020


At Cuero Regional Hospital and all Cuero Health entities, we remain diligent in our fight against coronavirus (COVID-19), and want to provide you with an update about the thoughtful and deliberate steps we’re taking to return to standard operations during this ever-evolving pandemic. We recognize these are uncertain times, and you may have concerns about receiving medical care, even more so than normal. As always, the health and safety of our patients, caregivers and communities is our top priority.

The precautions we’ve taken and the new protections we’ve put in place make our clinical care facilities among the safest possible places to receive healthcare at this time. Over the past few months, our facilities have maintained strict standards while following updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We have introduced enhanced precautions to ensure a safe environment for all involved, including universal masking, isolating COVID-19 patients, enhanced screening, and virtual visitation policies. Urgent healthcare needs, including those unrelated to COVID-19, should not be ignored during this time. Cuero Regional Hospital is here for you and we are well-equipped to handle any health concern you may have.

Steps we’re taking to keep you and our staff safe:

  • Screening processes in place for all patients, visitors and clinicians when entering facilities.
  • Separate care locations for COVID-19 positive patients and those under investigation, who are masked and escorted to designated locations. Non-COVID-19 patients, including those receiving outpatient care or undergoing scheduled procedures, are treated in separate areas and assigned caregivers who are not concurrently caring for COVID-19 positive patients.
  • Universal masking required throughout our facilities, which exceeds CDC guidelines.
  • Heightened infection prevention policies, including the removal of high-touch items such as magazines and toys from our facilities.
  • Updated visitor policies, including limitations, which have been in place for the duration of the pandemic, remain in place across our facilities.

However, precautions should not stop when you leave our facilities. To protect yourself and others, it is imperative you continue to follow the current guidance from the CDC regarding social distancing and hand hygiene. These important infection prevention measures help keep you, and your loved ones, safe.

Cuero Regional Hospital remains focused on providing you with outstanding, compassionate care. We know these circumstances may not be what you anticipated when it comes to your healthcare, and we recognize the worry this pandemic may have created for you or your loved ones. Thank you for trusting us with your vital care. We are committed to protecting the health and safety of the patients we so proudly serve, today and every day.

About Coronavirus

With coronavirus (COVID-19), the safety of Cuero Health patients and visitors remains our top priority. We regularly treat patients with infectious diseases and our clinical teams are highly trained in infection prevention protocols. Cuero Health is closely monitoring COVID-19 developments in partnership with our local and state health departments and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

What can I do to protect myself and others?

Public health officials recommend the following steps to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including influenza and COVID-19:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue
  • Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands often, using either soap and water or alcohol-based hand gel for at least 20 seconds
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

Stay up-to-date

For additional information and ongoing updates on COVID-19, please refer to local and state health departments and the CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) hub.

Stay informed

At Cuero Regional Hospital, we are working dilligently to keep you informed on the latest updates regarding COVID-19 and encourage you to follow our Facebook page for the latest updates: https://www.facebook.com/cuerohospital/

Resources for the latest updates on COVID:

Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html?s_cid=bb-coronavirus-2019-ncov-NCIRD

Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS): https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/

DeWitt County: www.co.dewitt.tx.us

Victoria County Public Health Department: https://www.vcphd.org/

If you think you have the Coronavirus, please contact the COVID-19 Hotline at 361.580.5796 and a representative will give you instructions. Hotline Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 12 pm | 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Cuero Regional Hospital: www.cuerohospital.org

Cuero Regional Hospital Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/cuerohospital/

Local Media:

The Cuero Record: https://www.cuerorecord.com/

The Victoria Advocate:https://www.victoriaadvocate.com/covid-19/

Crossroads Today/KAVU: https://www.crossroadstoday.com/news/coronavirus-facts-and-resources/

KIXS: https://kixs.com/tags/covid-19/

Videos from Cuero Health

CRH Resumes Elective Surgeries: https://youtu.be/J5WxqeXEAlI

Masking Policy Update: https://youtu.be/nejRs-gztn8

Deeply Rooted in Our Community: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T537GMHn7B8

Thank you for your Support: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJfQz8gQIUQ

Happy Doctors' Day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fXBSIit190

COVID-19: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69_nzRt7a3Q

Press Releases from Cuero Health

Sept. 16, 2020

In order to provide the most optimal and efficient care to our patients, CDC recently published that rapid antigen tests should not be used for COVID diagnosis. As a result, the Medical Executive Committee, in conjunction with Dr. Gonzales and Dr. Valdes, has approved that Cuero Health will no longer perform rapid(antigen) COVID-19 testing unless patient meets specific criteria.

For questions or more information, please check with your primary care provider.

July 6, 2020
Cuero Health Relocates Drive-Thru Lab to Front of Cuero Medical Plaza

Cuero, TXEffective Tuesday, July 7, Cuero Regional Hospital will move its temporary drive-thru laboratory available Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to noon from the rear of the hospital at the MRI entrance to Cuero Medical Plaza front entrance.

"In keeping with our COVID-19 practices to limit the number of people having to enter the hospital, we have moved the drive-thru lab from the back of the hospital near MRI to the front of the hospital at Cuero Medical Plaza entrance,” said Lynn Falcone, CEO of Cuero Health.

“This service has been greatly utilized and we are pleased to be able to continue to provide it. Moving to this new location will allow us to operate more effectively with the same great service,” said Falcone.

“Your primary care provider can provide you with laboratory orders for common laboratory testing, like flu or strep, as well as blood draws. Our drive-thru lab continues to serve as a convenient lab collection site," said Falcone. “Our drive-thru lab has been an innovative and welcomed solution provided by Cuero Health during this time to help decrease the number of people coming in for laboratory tests and even those needing allergy shots.”

June 25, 2020
Cuero Health Revises Visitor Policy and Updates Universal Masking Policy in All Cuero Health Facilities

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.

June 1, 2020
Cuero Health Facilities Updates Related to COVID-19 for June 2020
Cuero, Texas: As Cuero Health continues to focus on the safety and health of our patients and staff, we will share a few updates regarding COVID-19 and Cuero Health’s response to the latest developments.

Bfit Cuero Wellness Center resumes 24/7 access with regular staffed hours starting June 1, 2020. Updates will continue to be posted to both the Center’s Facebook page, as well as www.cuerohospital.org

Another Cuero Health entity, Bloomingdeals Resale Shoppe, located at 106 W. Reuss Blvd. in Cuero, has reopened with regular store hours. They encourage shoppers and those dropping off donations to comply with the CDC recommendations to practice social distancing and wear a mask while in the shop. For more information, please visit their Facebook page.

Cuero Regional Hospital will continue the screening process for patients and visitors at Cuero Medical Clinic’s rear entrance. Patients are allowed one visitor at a time and all must be screened.

Cuero Regional Hospital’s Drive Thru Lab continues in June and is available Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to noon.

Patients needing to see a medical provider, but preferring to do so from the comfort of their home may qualify to do provider visits over the telephone. Those interested are encouraged to call their Cuero Health Clinic to learn more.

We will continue to send updates as they surface. For more information and the latest updates from Cuero Health, please visit www.cuerohospital.org or follow us on Facebook: Cuero Regional Hospital.

May 26, 2020
Cuero Health: Cuero Wellness Center Resumes 24/7 Access June 1, 2020

Cuero, Texas: Cuero Health announced that starting Monday, June 1, 2020, Bfit Cuero Wellness Center will resume 24/7 access for its members. Cuero Wellness Center will also resume regular staffed hours on June 1st. Those hours are Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday from 1 – 4 p.m. The child play room, lockers, showers, sauna and racquetball court at the Wellness Center will continue to be closed. Please see below for all updates regarding the facility as of June 1, 2020

Cuero Wellness Center Updates:

  • 24/7 access to members starting June 1, 2020
  • Members will not be charged for the month of May. Monthly membership fees will resume June 1, 2020.
  • Resume regular staffed hours of:
    • 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday – Friday
    • 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday
    • 1 – 4 p.m. on Sundays
  • Only 25% capacity or 46 people allowed at one time in Cuero Wellness Center.
  • Wearing a mask is optional while in the facility and members are encouraged to practice social distancing of 6 ft.
  • Members are required to wipe down equipment after use with provided sanitizer wipes.
  • Pool access available but limited to no more than five members in the pool at one time.
  • Access to bathrooms will be available, but no access to lockers, showers or saunas. The racquetball court is also closed at this time.
  • Some fitness classes will be offered in June. A revised schedule will be available at the facility, as well as posted to the website and Facebook page.
  • The child play room will continue to be closed. No children allowed in the facility.

“We continue to work hard to ensure our members’ safety and, have found since re-opening, that our members are doing their part to help keep the facility & equipment sanitized. We had many members inquire about re-opening to 24/7 access and are proud to be able to offer this service to them. We will resume our normal staffed hours June 1 and our staff is consistently disinfecting equipment during these hours. We continue to take every precaution to ensure the health and safety of our members,” said Tami Brzozowski, Cuero Wellness Center Manager. For more information and the latest updates, follow us on Facebook: Cuero Wellness Center.

May 15, 2020
Cuero Health Updates Drive-Thru Lab Hours

Cuero, TX—In response to COVID-19 and in keeping with patient safety practices, Cuero Regional Hospital is updating their drive-thru laboratory hours to Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to noon. The drive-thru laboratory at Cuero Regional Hospital is located in the rear of the hospital at the MRI entrance.

"Your primary care provider can provide you with laboratory orders for common laboratory testing, like flu or strep, as well as blood draws. Our drive-thru lab serves as a convenient lab collection site," said Lynn Falcone, CEO of Cuero Health. “This is another innovative and welcomed solution provided by Cuero Health during this time to help decrease the number of people coming in for laboratory tests and even those needing allergy shots. Based on hours utilized, we have modified the hours to 8 a.m. to noon to best meet patients’ needs, as well as best utilize our laboratory team’s hours,” said Falcone.

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

May 12, 2020
Cuero Wellness Center Reopens May 18th with New Hours and New Rules

Cuero, Texas: Cuero Health announced that starting Monday, May 18th, Bfit Cuero Wellness Center will re-open per the latest executive orders from Gov. Abbott, but move from 24/7 access to modified Cuero Wellness Center staffed hours. Those hours are Monday – Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 – 4 p.m. The child play room at the Wellness Center will be closed during these hours.

April 30, 2020
Cuero Regional Hospital Set to Launch In-Patient Dialysis in Late May

Cuero, Texas: In effort to better serve patients’ needs closer to home, Cuero Regional Hospital is partnering with DaVita Victoria Acute Dialysis to provide in-patient dialysis services to patients that require it. The new in-patient program is set to launch in late May.

“Offering this service to our patients to save them travel time and provide the same level of service right here at home is such a great addition to our healthcare services at Cuero Regional Hospital,” said Judy Krupala, Chief Nursing Officer at Cuero Regional Hospital. “Our partnership with DaVita will allow our chronic dialysis patients to stay closer to home and receive the treatment they need.”
Kidney dialysis is a life-support treatment that uses a special machine to filter harmful wastes, salt, and excess fluid from the blood. This restores the blood to a normal, healthy balance. Dialysis replaces many of the kidney’s important functions. If the kidneys don’t work properly, harmful substances can build up in the body, blood pressure can rise, and too much fluid can collect in the body’s tissues, which leads to swelling called edema. “In order to help our patients avoid this build up and possible edema, it is critical that we offer these services close to home,” said Krupala.
There are different types of kidney dialysis. Cuero Hospital will have the capabilities to perform Hemodialysis in which the blood is filtered using a dialyzer and dialysis machine. Hemodialysis is most commonly used to treat people with end-stage kidney disease.

Kidney dialysis is a necessary treatment for people with end-stage kidney disease or permanent kidney failure. Patients need dialysis if they have lost about 85 percent to 90 percent of their kidney function; Temporary dialysis may be needed in some cases.
Dr. Yong Du, Board Certified Nephrologist, will be the medical director overseeing the in-patient dialysis services at Cuero Regional Hospital.
“Regarding COVID-19 and the changes it has brought, we have strict rules and policies in place to protect all patients, visitors and staff, including screening all visitors to the hospital and patients coming into the facility. At this time, all entrants must be masked. Staff are monitoring their temperatures and do not report to work with COVID-19 – type symptoms. We have all these measures in place to protect our patients, and now with the launch of our inpatient dialysis program, this includes our dialysis patients,” said Krupala.

“We are happy to partner with DaVita to provide this vital service for our dialysis patients in the hospital and keep them closer to their support system at home,” said Lynn Falcone, CEO of Cuero Health. “We look forward to caring for our community as we have for the last 50 years and are proud to offer this new service.”

For more information and the latest updates from Cuero Health, please visit www.cuerohospital.org or follow us on Facebook.com/CueroRegionalHospital

April 29, 2020
Cuero Health Modifies Temporary Drive-Thru Lab Hours During COVID-19 Period

Cuero, TX—In response to COVID-19 and in keeping with patient safety practices, Cuero Regional Hospital launched a temporary drive-thru laboratory in late March. Previously, the temporary drive-thru lab hours were Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to noon located in the rear of the hospital at the MRI entrance. Starting Monday, May 4, the new hours wil be Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.

"Your primary care provider can provide you with laboratory orders for common laboratory testing, like flu or strep, as well as blood draws. Our drive-thru lab will serve as a convenient lab collection site," said Lynn Falcone, CEO of Cuero Health. “This is another innovative and welcomed solution provided by Cuero Health during this time to help decrease the number of people coming in for laboratory tests and even those needing allergy shots,” said Falcone.

“Our providers and our phlebotomists are pleased to be able to provide this service to their valued patients during this critical time,” said Falcone. For more information and the latest updates from Cuero Health, please visit www.cuerohospital.org or follow us on Facebook: Cuero Regional Hospital.

April 22, 2020

Cuero Regional Hospital to Resume Elective Surgeries

Cuero, TX - Cuero Regional Hospital is pleased to announce its reopening of elective surgical cases on Wednesday, April 22, per executive order of Governor Greg Abbott and revisions to prior TMB guidance.

“Over the past several weeks, CRH has been very focused on the safety of our patients and staff during the COVID19 virus pandemic. As such, all elective surgeries were stopped per the previous executive order,” said Lynn Falcone, CEO of Cuero Health. “ Beginning Wednesday, CRH will perform surgical and endoscopy procedures to continue to provide much needed care to our patients. Cuero Regional Hospital can do this safely with in depth screening of patients prior to the procedure, as well as preserving the supply of PPE. The elective surgery patients will be in a separate unit with dedicated staff for patient safety,” said Falcone.

Falcone shared that CRH has tested several patients for COVID-19, most of whom were negative. Only a few patients have tested positive and even fewer have required inpatient care. To date, only two patients have required inpatient care at Cuero Regional Hospital and were subsequently discharged home. Nonetheless, CRH has been able to convert its ICU to a negative pressure unit to prepare for a surge of COVID-19 patients requiring inpatient care.

“Additionally, we have strict rules on use of PPE for our staff and are screening all visitors to the hospital and patients coming into the facility. All entrants must be masked. Staff are monitoring their temperatures and do not report to work with COVID-19 – type symptoms. I am very thankful for the work our staff has done to obtain and preserve PPE. We have implemented the CDC guidelines that help us re-use masks as appropriate while still keeping staff safe. We have been blessed to obtain cleanable face shields that allow re-use as well,” said Falcone.

“We look forward to caring for our community as we have for the last 50 years. If you need care, please call your Cuero Heath family physician or visit our emergency department – we are here for you and can care for you safely amidst this pandemic,” said Falcone. For more information and the latest updates from Cuero Health, please visit www.cuerohospital.org or follow us on Facebook: Cuero Regional Hospital.


April 21, 2020

Rural Hospitals Partner With Access Physicians to Ensure Local Critical Care Capacity for COVID-19 Patients

Access Physicians, the nation’s leading physician-led telemedicine group, forms rural hospital collaborative to ensure access to specialty care during COVID-19 crisis

April 21, 2020 (Dallas, TX) – Access Physicians and seven rural hospitals in Texas today launched a pulmonary and critical care specialty collaborative to ensure local residents requiring an ICU-level of care because of COVID-19 can receive that care at their community hospital. Through the collaborative, rural hospitals will be able to care for the most severely ill COVID-19 patients in their local communities and not have to transfer them to urban facilities.

“Cuero Regional Hospital is proud to partner with Access Physicians to be of the seven rural hospitals to access their pulmonary and critical care support services. Providing this advanced level of care right here at home during this time is essential and we will continue to develop innovative ways to provide quality care services to the patients we so proudly serve,” said Lynn Falcone, CEO of Cuero Health.

“Access Physicians has a tradition of working with forward-thinking hospitals to bring high acuity specialty and subspecialty care to their patients through telemedicine,” said Chris Gallagher, MD, CEO, Access Physicians. “Today that tradition continues with this new rural hospital collaborative to leverage our clinical excellence for rural Texas residents in seven different communities.”

Board-certified pulmonary and critical care specialists from Access Physicians will be available 24/7 for the participating hospitals should they have patients with COVID-19 requiring an ICU level of care, such as the need for mechanical ventilation. Access Physicians has worked with the clinical and operational teams at each hospital to ensure on-site resources are available and capable of supporting such a high level of care.

“Knowing that COVID-19 patients can present to any healthcare facility, our partner rural hospitals had the foresight to develop and implement a solution so that access to care for their communities isn’t compromised,” said Gallagher. “These rural hospitals are to be commended for their vision and collaboration.”

Access Physicians is a well-established, physician-led telemedicine pioneer providing on-demand consultation services to over 190 hospitals. To date, the company has provided care to more than 1.6 million high acuity patients with complex conditions and needs, such as respiratory failure requiring mechanical ventilation, septic shock, vasopressors, advanced heart failure, and cardiogenic shock.

For more information on this partnership, as well as up-to-date information from Cuero Regional Hospital on COVID-19, visit www.CueroHospital.org

April 20, 2020

Cuero Health Launches Universal Masking in All Facilities During COVID-19 Period

In response to COVID-19 and in keeping with patient safety practices, Cuero Regional Hospital launched a universal masking policy last Thursday in line with CDC best practices. Per the policy, all Cuero Health employees, visitors and patients are required to wear a mask or face covering while in the facility.

Outpatient, ER, Clinic, or therapy patients without a mask or face covering will be issued a mask upon entering a Cuero Health facility. Outpatient, ER, or Clinic visitors without a mask or face covering will be instructed to wait outside or in your car until patient is ready for discharge. If visitor must accompany patient, a face covering or blue cone mask may be given to visitor. With the new policy, inpatient visitors will not be allowed in the facility without a mask or face covering.

“We appreciate your patience and support as we make these changes to protect everyone in our facilities. The masks worn can be homemade masks, as well as clinical masks. Protecting 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. 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

April 3, 2020

Cuero Regional Hospital Visitor Policy:
ONE VISITOR PER PATIENT PER DAY ALLOWED

To help ensure a safe care environment and limit possible exposure to novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we are only allowing one patient per visitor per day. All visitors will screened prior to entry and may not leave and return the same day. We have vending machines located on the first floor in the atrium, as well as a cafeteria, available to our visitors.

VISITOR HOURS
Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
April 16, 2020
New Masking Policy at Cuero Health Facilities

All employees, visitors and patients are now required to wear a mask or face covering while in the facility.

Outpatient, ER, Clinic, or therapy patients without a mask or face covering will be issued a mask upon entering the facility.

Outpatient, ER, or Clinic visitors without a mask or face covering will be instructed to wait outside or in your car until patient is ready for discharge.

Inpatient visitors will not be allowed in the facility without a mask or face covering.

March 31, 2020
Cuero Medical Clinic Removes Saturday Clinic From Schedule for April

Cuero, Texas: Cuero Medical Clinic will be closed on Saturdays for the month of April. Cuero Medical Clinic will continue to their Monday - Friday hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Those wishing to make an appointment with a provider during the weekday hours are to call the clinic's main line at 361-275-3466

March 27, 2020
Cuero Regional Hospital Revises Screening/Visiting Hours for Weekdays

Cuero, Texas: In an effort to protect hospital patients, Cuero Regional Hospital will continue to funnel all hospital visitors, as well as patients, through a single entrance with mandatory screening and have revised their hours for visitors. The screening station for Cuero Regional Hospital is located at the rear entrance of Cuero Medical Plaza. This is the only entrance to the hospital campus for the safety of patients and visitors and, is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday. The weekend (Saturday and Sunday) hours will remain from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. The only change in the Monday – Friday hours was moving the time from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.

March 25, 2020
Cuero Health Launches Temporary Drive-Thru Lab During COVID-19 Period

Cuero, TX—In response to COVID-19 and in keeping with patient safety practices, Cuero Regional Hospital launched a temporary drive-thru laboratory available Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to noon located in the rear of the hospital at the MRI entrance.

"Your primary care provider can provide you with laboratory orders for common laboratory testing, like flu or strep, as well as blood draws. Our drive-thru lab will serve as a convenient lab collection site," said Lynn Falcone, CEO of Cuero Health. “This is another innovative and welcomed solution provided by Cuero Health during this time to help decrease the number of people coming in for laboratory tests and even those needing allergy shots,” said Falcone.

Cuero Health also launched telephone provider visits on Tuesday, March 24. “Call your Cuero Health clinic primary care provider and they will be able to assess whether you need a telephone or an in-person visit,” said Greg Pritchett, Cuero Health Clinic Administrator. “Not all requests will be able to be handled over the phone, such as a wellness visit or well child visit. We encourage you to call your Cuero Health preferred clinic to discuss your need so we can schedule you accordingly,” said Pritchett.

Both are temporary measures and, once the COVID-19 threat is diminished, regular in-person visits will resume and telephone appointments and the temporary drive-thru lab will not be available.

“Our providers and our phlebotomists are pleased to be able to provide this service to their valued patients during this critical time,” said Falcone. For more information and the latest updates from Cuero Health, please visit www.cuerohospital.org or follow us on Facebook: Cuero Regional Hospital.

March 24, 2020
Cuero Health: DeWitt Medical Foundation and Cuero Regional Hospital Partner to Get Funds to Community Food Pantry

Cuero, Texas: Cuero Health announced a partnership with DeWitt Medical Foundation to provide a $500 donation to C.A.M.A.L (Cuero Area Ministerial Alliance) House Food Pantry located in Cuero, Texas, along with a donation of items including paper towels, toilet paper and dry/canned goods.

Per the C.A.M.A.L. House Facebook page, C.A.M.A.L. House has been supplying food to folks in need in Cuero, TX for over 30 years. C.A.M.A.L. House is a 501(C)3 tax exempt organization staffed entirely by volunteers and maintained by community donations.

Martin Leske, board president for DeWitt Medical Foundation, said,” When the need was brought to our attention, we immediately started brainstorming solutions. We were thrilled to partner with Cuero Regional Hospital to provide funds to help the local food pantry which is serving our elderly and those in need in DeWitt County. Partnering with CAMAL (Cuero Area Ministerial Alliance) House Food Pantry to support with a financial donation was a great solution.”


Pictured from left to right are Nikki Lantz, DMF staff, Martin Leske, DMF Board President, Guy Dolan, C.A.M.A.L. House Food Pantry Board Member and Judy Krupala, Chief Nursing Officer of Cuero Regional Hospital.

“Cuero Regional Hospital is proud to be a strong community partner, and wanted to help C.A.M.A.L. House Food Pantry get supplies to those that need it locally,” said Lynn Falcone, CEO of Cuero Health. “Our staff takes great pride in caring for our community and has done so for the past 50 years. We want to continue to take that level of caring outside of the walls of our hospital and clinics to help our community in their time of need,” said Falcone.

“We are grateful for this gift and would invite other business or individuals to donate at this time as the need is great,” said Freda Nelsson, director of C.A.M.A.L House Food Pantry. “We have many right here at home that are fighting hunger and food insecurity. DeWitt County has many that are struggling with jobs on hold or out of work, limited resources, and children home from school. Meeting their needs is critical at this time,” said Nelsson. “We have taken precautionary measures to ensure the health safety of all who volunteer and visit our facility,” Nelsson said. “We will be delivering food via drive-thru on our distribution day/time to ensure their safety.”

‘According to research from Feeding America, in the U.S., 1 in 6 children may not know where they will get their next meal,” said Nelsson. “We were absolutely thrilled to see the efforts made by our Cuero ISD to provide curbside food for our children and applaud them for their good work. For those wishing to support our local food pantry, monetary donations as well as canned goods/dry food goods will go a long way in providing food for our elderly and low income families in DeWitt County.”

“If you or your business, church or civic organization would like to make a monetary donation or donate canned/dry goods, please contact us at 361-275-5022 or mail your check to P.O. Box 524, Cuero, TX 77954,” said Nelsson. “Please visit our Facebook page to learn more about our organization at https://www.facebook.com/cueroareaministerialalliance/. And, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you in advance for caring for our local people in this time of need.”

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More on C.A.M.A.L. House Food Pantry

C.A.M.A.L. House Food Pantry is open the second and fourth Thursday from the months of January to October. In November and December, CAMAL is open the second and third Thursday.

Hours of Distribution

Second Thursday of the Month
2 p.m. – 6 p.m. for all ages
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. for seniors ages 64 and older.

Fourth Thursday of the Month
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. for all ages

Patrons may come one time each month.

March 23, 2020
Resilience: An Open Letter from Cuero Health

Cuero, Texas: At Cuero Regional Hospital and across our Cuero Health organization, which include Cuero Home Health, Cuero Health clinics & Cuero Wellness Center, we’re no stranger to threats or crisis. We deal with them, sometimes even daily. When it comes to safety, we are focused each and every day on this critical issue for our patients and staff. Our safety officer, environment of care committee, and disaster preparedness are just some of our focuses that we drill for regularly.

Some may say that managing life-threatening situations is part of business as usual for a healthcare system. And it’s true. Our Cuero Health staff is highly trained for this current environment.

Thankfully, that’s exactly what has helped us build a sharp set of best practices and a robust network of leader response teams, who help us mobilize quickly and scale accordingly in times of need.

As the threat from the COVID-19 virus is amplified, so are our efforts. Here are just a few of the steps we are taking to assure uninterrupted care:

  • We’re limiting entry into hospitals and clinics so anyone who enters into patient care areas can be carefully screened, and masks can be provided to those who need them.
  • Precautions taken to treat patients with COVID-19 symptoms are similar to those taken to treat patients with influenza, with restricted visitation to limit exposure. This is commonplace procedure for us during any flu season.
  • As always, cleaning to prevent the spread of infection is occurring throughout all of our care sites.
  • Should we have a patient requiring hospitalization with COVID-19, these patients will be cared for in isolated areas of the hospital, so we can safely provide continuous care for all other medical needs.
  • We are developing innovative ways to provide care and decrease the number of people physically having to come to our hospital and clinics, including the launch of telephone provider visits starting Tuesday, March 24 and a drive-thru laboratory testing (routine lab work).

As this latest threat evolves, we are collaborating with federal and local health agencies, providing timely and practical updates that will help contribute to accurate reporting and consistent guidelines. While our immediate priority remains on the well-being of our patients and our people, we know that sharing insights can impact care far beyond the communities we serve.

To keep you informed on the latest updates from Cuero Health, we invite you to visit www.cuerohospital.org or follow us on Facebook: Cuero Regional Hospital.

In the face of a threat, we don’t panic; we prepare. In the weeks ahead, and as always, we are here when you need us. We are in this together. Neighbor helping neighbor. Providing safe, quality care close to home.

Sincerely,

Lynn Falcone, CEO

Cuero Health

March 21, 2020
Cuero Health Clinics to Provide Telephone Provider Visits during COVID-19 Period

Cuero, TX—Recently announced waivers from our government are allowing Cuero Health clinics to use a new option that allow clinic patients to “see” a doctor remotely from home. Starting Tuesday, March 24, Cuero Health clinic patients that are sick or need medication refills can contact their provider’s office to arrange a telephone appointment.

"Your primary care provider can provide care over the telephone for many common health issues, including colds, allergies, etc., as well as medication refills," said Lynn Falcone, CEO of Cuero Health. “This is a welcomed solution to help decrease the number of people in the clinics and allow our patients to stay home, yet still get the care they need,” said Falcone.

“Call your Cuero Health clinic primary care provider and they will be able to assess whether you need a telephone or an in-person visit,” said Greg Pritchett, Cuero Health Clinic Administrator. “Not all requests will be able to be handled over the phone, such as a wellness visit or well child visit. We encourage you to call your Cuero Health preferred clinic to discuss your need so we can schedule you accordingly,” said Pritchett. “Once your phone visit is scheduled, the provider will call you at your scheduled time.”

Pritchett shared that this is a temporary measure and the temporary waiver from the government is allowing the provider phone visits. Once the COVID-19 threat is diminished, regular in-person visits will resume and telephone appointments will no longer be offered. “Our providers are pleased to be able to provide this service to their valued patients during this critical time,” said Pritchett.

“In a continued effort to minimize our community’s exposure to COVID-19, Cuero Health is developing options for a drive-by laboratory. More details will be released as soon as plans are finalized,” said Falcone. “We are working to develop innovative solutions in this evolving situation and we want to thank the communities we serve for their support and trust. I am extremely proud to work alongside our staff who make the choice each and every day to make the care of others their priority and who continually focus on finding solutions,” said Falcone

For more information and the latest updates from Cuero Health, please visit www.cuerohospital.org or follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cuerohospital

March 19, 2020
Cuero Health Facilities Update for March 19, 2020

Cuero, Texas: As Cuero Health continues to focus on the safety and health of our patients and staff, we will share a few updates regarding COVID-19 and Cuero Health’s response to the latest developments.

Bfit Cuero Wellness Center will close temporarily effective tonight (Thursday, March 19) at 8:30 p.m. in compliance with Gov. Abbott’s executive order issued earlier today. Once more information is available regarding the re-opening, it will be posted to both the Center’s Facebook page, as well as www.cuerohospital.org

Another Cuero Health entity, Bloomingdeals Resale Shoppe, located at 106 W. Reuss Blvd. in Cuero, closed on Thursday, March 19 to comply with the CDC recommendations to practice social distancing during this time and to protect the health of the community.

We will continue to send updates as they surface. For more information and the latest updates from Cuero Health, please visit www.cuerohospital.org or follow us on Facebook: Cuero Regional Hospital.

DARYL L. FOWLER
County Judge
03/18/2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DeWitt County reports first case of COVID-19

DeWitt County is reporting the first case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, in a county resident. The person is between the age of 60 and 70. The investigation as to the probable origin of exposure is currently ongoing. The person is currently experiencing mild symptoms and isolating at home.


The Texas Department of State Health Services is supporting DeWitt County public health officials and hospital personnel in identifying any close contacts of the patient while they were traveling or before symptoms were evident, so they can be isolated and monitored for symptoms and quickly tested, if needed. Health officials confirm this is not a community-acquired case. Local health official implemented infectious disease protocols when the patient presented and while treating the patient.


DeWitt County judge Daryl Fowler is communicating with other leaders in the county, including municipal leaders, hospital and school officials, the Texas Department of Emergency Management and the Department of State Health Services in order to coordinate efforts and identify resources that can be mobilized if a need arises that local resources may not be sufficient to meet.


“More information will be provided for public use and consumption as this situation develops. We want our citizens to make use of official public media outlets for timely and correct information. So, please bookmark the websites for the county and emergency management and like the DeWitt County Emergency Management Facebook page,” says Judge Fowler.


There are things everyone can do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:


 Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
 Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
 Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
 Stay home when you are sick.
 Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then wash your hands.
 Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.


Minimizing exposure is especially important for people who are 65 or older or who have an underlying health condition like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, high blood pressure or cancer. People in those groups have a higher risk of developing severe disease if they do get COVID-19, and the safest thing for them during an outbreak will be to stay home as much as possible and minimize close contact with other people. To get ready, they should talk to their doctor about getting additional prescription medications and have enough household items and groceries on hand to stay home as needed.


The public can find up-to-date coronavirus information at dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus and the Centers for Disease Control at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus and DeWitt County at
www.co.dewitt.tx.us and Cuero Regional Hospital at www.cuerohospital.org

News Media Contact:
Cyndi Smith
Emergency management Coordinator
361-275-0878


Daryl Fowler
DeWitt County Judge
361-275-0916


Emily Weatherly
Cuero Regional Hospital
361-894-5112