PREPAREDNESS AND RECOMMENDATIONS:
Fisher County Hospital District (FCHD) would like to ensure our patients, residents, clients, staff and friends that we are taking all recommended precautionary measures to combat the COVID-19 virus. In addition, the hospital is monitoring the issued updates from the CDC as well as announcements from local, state, and federal government. Actions have been taken and will continue to be taken to work closely with our regional partners and with the local state health department to stay in compliance and readiness according to the latest recommendations. The hospital has taken many actions and we continue to prepare to address COVID-19
SOCIAL DISTANCING AND MASKS:
To ensure the safety of staff, patients, and clients - the hospital will be limiting visitors to one caregiver or spouse for adult patients. For pediatric patients - only the parents will be allowed to accompany the patient. Social distancing is required within the facility as well as mask to be worn throughout the facility. All non-essential persons will not be allowed to accompany the patient.
ENTRANCES(ER & Sick Clinic Only):
FCHD has limited the entrances into the facility. The ER entrance is the only Entrance into the facility, except for the sick clinic which is located at the East end of the facility. All patients need to make appointment and tell the person they are speaking with to their symptoms in order to determine the need for a regular Doctors appointment or a visit to the sick clinic. It is vital to know your symptoms to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The signs and symptoms of the COVID-19 are similar to the seasonal influenza virus. Symptoms include, but are not limited to Fever, Cough, weakness, sore throat, shortness of breath (not related to nasal congestion) , chest discomfort . If you have 2 or more of these symptoms you need to make an appointment to see a physician. You will be asked if you have traveled or had recent contact with an individual that has had a confirmed test of COVID-19. All though most cases are mild, the CDC recommends you stay home and away from the public. Vaccines are now becoming available but are limited.
FCHD highly recommends that all parties follow the CDC guidelines for precautionary measures. Implement social distancing, perform adequate hand hygiene, avoid touching the face, and wearing a mask in public and if sick shelter in place.
Due to State of Emergency that was declared by Governor Abbott-Visitors to the Heritage House are limited. Please call ahead and check if you can visit.
FCHD does have the swabs for testing COVID -19. These swabs have to be sent out for the results. The results are coming back within 24 to 48 hours. There is a strict criteria for being tested that is set be CDC. This means that not everyone will be tested unless they meet the criteria.
Please know that FCHD has the health and welfare of our friends and guests at the forefront of our thoughts and being proactive in taking the actions needed to meet this challenge.