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A letter from Matt Turner, MD & Dallam, Hartley, and Sherman Counties Local Health Officer
The medical staff and employees of DHCHD would like to reassure our community that even during a medical crisis such as the current COVID-19 pandemic we will undertake all measures to respect and protect patient privacy. We will continue to post current COVID-19 data for each county but we will not disclose or publish any information about individual cases. Your medical staff and county officers are working very hard every day to ensure that everyone with significant contact to a COVID-19 patient has been alerted and given instructions regarding safety and quarantine.
To best protect yourself and your loved ones from exposure to COVID-19 you should observe the following guidelines:
- Dallam, Hartley, Sherman, and Moore Counties are all experiencing growing numbers of active COVID-19 cases. You and your family should shelter at home and should only leave your home for essential purposes such as to obtain food, medicine, or to go to work if you are in a critical industry and cannot work from home. If possible you should work from home.
- If you must leave home you should wear a mask at all times and if possible gloves and eye protection such as glasses or safety goggles. You should practice social distancing and try to maintain at least a 6-foot buffer between yourself and others at all times. You should wash your hands with soap and water or use an approved alcohol-based hand cleanser frequently. Avoid touching your face as this transmits germs to your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Although COVID-19 can cause serious and lethal infections, the majority of people infected with COVID-19 may experience little or no symptoms. Therefore, you may experience no symptoms and still spread the infection to your friends and coworkers with life-threatening consequences to them. Conversely, asymptomatic neighbors and coworkers may spread the virus to you causing you to bring a life-threatening illness into your home and family.
- If you are experiencing symptoms that make you concerned that you may have COVID-19 such as fever plus cough, shortness of breath, or severe fatigue and weakness, please contact your doctor or healthcare provider to get further instructions at 806.244.5668. Please do not go to the emergency room unless you are experiencing severe symptoms. If you believe you have had contact with someone who has COVID-19 you should begin to self-quarantine and do not leave your home and contact your healthcare provider for instructions at 806.244.5668.
Sincerely,Matt Turner, MD.