Haskell Memorial Hospital, Stamford Hospital District Implement Safety Protocols for COVID-19
Article by: Haskell Memorial Hospital
HASKELL, Texas — Haskell Memorial Hospital and Stamford Hospital District have implemented stringent protocols to identify and isolate potential COVID-19 cases. Both organizations are in close contact with local, state and national leadership, and are receiving regular updates from the CDC as information changes.
Guidelines include, but are not limited to requiring patients to call the Stamford or Haskell clinic if they feel they have been exposed to COVID-19 in order to eliminate possibly exposing others. In this case, individuals are strongly encouraged to call their healthcare provider instead of visiting the emergency department. Patients who do present with possible COVID-19 symptoms will be isolated to reduce the possibility of spreading illness to others.
Additionally, visitation restrictions and designated visitation hours are now in effect. Patients in the HMH emergency department are restricted to one visitor at a time, while those receiving inpatient care are restricted to two immediate family members at a time.
The following visitation hours are in effect until further notice:
- 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
- 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
- 8 p.m. – 9 p.m.
All visitors will undergo a temperature screening and brief health questionnaire upon entrance to the hospital and clinics. Haskell entrances are limited to the Walk-In Clinic, emergency department or Hospital Clinic. Visitors after 6 p.m. will be required to use the emergency department. Visitors to the Stamford clinic will be limited to the door of the old emergency room.
Patients with scheduled lab, radiology, or other outpatient appointments will continue to be seen. All clinics remain open and are conducting phone health screenings prior to scheduling patients.
Proper hand hygiene remains the most effective means of reducing the spread of illness. The CDC recommends the following to further prevent illness:
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Stay home when sick
- Clean frequently touched surfaces
Haskell Memorial Hospital and Stamford Hospital District remain committed to serving our communities and delivering high-quality, compassionate care. Neither facility has experienced a case of COVID-19. Individuals are encouraged to stay home and call their healthcare provider if they are experiencing symptoms of an illness, including but not limited to fever, chills, body aches or coughing.
More information about infection control and best practices can be found at www.haskellmemorialhospital.org.