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Latest COVID-19 Updates from Cuero Health

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Contact: Emily Weatherly

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 are the symptoms?

Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. These symptoms can range from mild to severe and include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

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

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

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.

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