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Dallam Hartley Counties Hospital District has received its 3rd POSITIVE COVID-19 test result for a patient in our community residing in Hartley County.
County officials and Emergency Management investigated how COVID -19 was contracted and whom the patient had contact with. The investigation indicated that this was a community spread case. The patient was tested at Coon Memorial Hospital and was sent home to self-quarantine immediately after the test was administered. All staff that had contact with the patient was wearing full PPE and following all guidelines. The family member is also in quarantine and will continue to be. Currently, the patient is in a stable condition and had minimal contact to our community. County officials and Emergency Management are providing for the family and monitoring the quarantine. Please note this is the information we know at this time, if new information develops, we will inform the community.
Dalhart, it is time to realize that COVID – 19 is in our community. We now have three positive cases. It is time for everyone to get on board and do their part, wear masks, stay home, and sanitize. We believe we have not yet seen the COVID – 19 peak in our community. This statement is not meant to frighten but for all to realize the seriousness of this virus. In a town full of essential staff that is required to work it is more important to look out for each other during this time. It is safe to assume everywhere you go and each person you pass could be a carrier of COVID – 19, with this in mind you need to take all precautions, all the time. We will not release where any positive patient has been, in a town the size of Dalhart it is possible to identify a patient with this information therefore violating HIPPA laws, please do not ask us to release this information.
Under no circumstances will DHCHD violate patient privacy laws; we will not release patient information. Please do not ask DHCHD employees to release patient information, or call to ask. There will be a no-tolerance policy for harassment of staff or disrespectful social media comments. Staff harassment will be reported to the authorities, and disrespectful, prying, and questionable comments will be deleted. If the issue keeps arising, you will be blocked from the DHCHD Facebook page.
DHCHD will be updating the public on changes within our District via KXIT Radio at 94.5 FM, and our Facebook page @coonmemorial, tune in or follow us on Facebook for the latest updates.