Lillian M. Hudspeth Memorial Hospital has the health and well-being of our patients, visitors, healthcare providers and staff as our main priority as we provide a safe environment and the very best care for our patients. We have received several inquiries regarding our preparedness for screening patients and treating any potential cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) or other infectious diseases in our community. Please know, we treat a multitude of conditions utilizing the best practices available. We have strong partnerships with our regional healthcare systems and we will take care of our community to the best of our ability.
There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Sutton County. While the immediate risk to the community remains low, out of an abundance of caution we are actively monitoring the outbreak of this virus and working closely with the Texas Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prepare for the possibility of community transmission of COVID-19.
We will continue to monitor the situation and will add additional information as it becomes available and applicable to our current situation.
Free COVID-19 Screenings
Lillian M. Hudspeth Memorial Hospital and Sonora Medical Clinic are providing area residents free corona virus screenings. The service is for people who are worried they may have been exposed to the virus and are suffering from mild to moderate flu-like symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released recommendations for using telemedicine to initially assess patients for exposure to COVID-19 and to help direct patients to the appropriate site of care. This resource allows patients to remain in their homes, minimizing the risk of spreading the virus or coming into contact with others who may be symptomatic. We will provide a dedicated phone number to call. The Providers from Lillian M. Hudspeth Memorial Hospital and Sonora Medical Clinic will answer your questions, provide the screening procedure and if necessary will use a video chat application like FaceTime of Google Duo to provide a video/virtual visit with a healthcare provider through a mobile device. Patients are able to talk face-to-face with the provider through a video chat for evaluation of their symptoms. The service is available 24/7, during this concerning time. The providers are utilizing the CDC’s guidelines to screen patients for COVID-19, which include asking about a patient’s travel history and exposure to the virus as well as their symptoms. If our provider determines a patient should receive further evaluation for COVID-19 testing, they will immediately direct them to a local clinic or emergency department for additional testing and coordination with state and local health authorities. If they determine a patient needs emergency care, they will contact 9-1-1 and notify the closest hospital.
To start a screening, patients can call (325) 259-3201. To utilize the video chat portion, please use Apple’s Facetime App or download the free Google Duo app.
Prior to presenting for medical care at the clinic or hospital ER, please review the questionnaire below:
- Have you traveled to China, Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea or Europe within the last 14 days?
- Have you been in close contact with a person known to have 2019-nCoV illness?
- Do you have any of the following symptoms?
- SHORTNESS OF BREATH OR DIFFICULTY BREATHING
Notify the Clinic or Hospital staff by phone if you answered yes to question #1 or question #2 before arriving to seek medical attention.
For Questions Call: Lillian M. Hudspeth Memorial Hospital at (325) 387-1151 or Sonora Medical Clinic at (325) 387-7911 for additional information.
COVID-19(coronavirus) Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)?
A: There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, cause by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not been previously seen in humans, which was first identified in Wuhan, China, in 2019.
Q: How does COVID-19 spread?
A: Current understanding about how the novel coronavirus spreads is largely based on what is known about similar coronaviruses. The virus is spread mainly from person-to-person between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
Q: What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
A: For confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, symptoms have included fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you have recently traveled from or been in contact with someone who has recently traveled from China, Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea, or other high-risk countries as identified by CDC, call your primary healthcare provider. Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
Q: How can I protect myself and my family from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)?
A: There is currently no vaccine to COVID-19 and the best way to prevent the illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. However, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of illness, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 40-60 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- 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, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask:
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including the novel coronavirus.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of the novel coronavirus to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a healthcare facility).
Q: When should I seek emergency care if I am having symptoms of COVID-19?
A: Unless you are experiencing an immediate or life-threatening condition, there is no need to seek emergency care without first contacting your primary healthcare provider. If you have recently traveled from or been in contact with someone who has recently traveled from China, Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Europe or other high-risk countries as identified by CDC, call your primary healthcare provider. Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
Q: When is quarantine necessary with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)?
A: Quarantine means separating a person or group of people who have been exposed to a contagious disease but have not developed illness (symptoms) from others who have not been exposed, in order to prevent the possible spread of that disease. Quarantine is usually established for the incubation period of a communicable disease, which is the span of time during which people have developed illness after exposure. For COVID-19, the period of quarantine is 14 days from the last date of exposure, because 14 days is the longest incubation period seen for similar coronaviruses. Someone who has been released from COVID-19 quarantine is not considered a risk for spreading the virus to others because they have not developed illness during the incubation period.
Q: How do you test a patient for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)?
A: If a patient is admitted to Lillian M. Hudspeth Memorial Hospital under investigation for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), that patient will be cared for according to our protocols for dealing with infectious diseases, including treatment in isolated areas in compliance with CDC guidelines. We will work with the CDC to conduct testing and evaluations when necessary and as efficiently as possible.
Q: Am I at risk of contracting coronavirus if I come to visit the hospital or become a patient?
A: We regularly treat patients with infectious diseases and have comprehensive protocols and supplies to ensure we are able to do so with the highest regard to the safety and protection of our patients, visitors, healthcare providers and staff.
If a patient is admitted to Lillian M. Hudspeth Memorial Hospital under investigation for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), that patient will be cared for according to our protocols for dealing with infectious diseases, including treatment in isolated areas in compliance with CDC guidelines.
For more information about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit www.cdc.org.
Texas Department of State Health Services: https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/
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