Being in a rural setting means using resources wisely and conserving the resources available, especially in a crisis. At this time, there are no positive cases from Coon Memorial Hospital, in the case there is one DHCHD will inform the public.
“In the case, a patient comes to the clinic or the ER with possible COVID -19 symptoms they are tested for Influenza A & B, Strep A, and a PCR Respiratory Panel that test for 19 possible pathogens. Testing for these other possible outcomes helps our rural location preserve our resources. These three tests will have results within 90 minutes after the test is admitted to the lab. The provider then will read the results and determine if a COVID -19 test needs to be administered. In the case a patient needs testing for COVID – 19, they will be swabbed in house and the results will be sent out to another facility for processing. If the patient needs to be admitted into the hospital or transferred the provider will do so. As with all other facilities, testing capacity is limited. This is an ever-evolving situation and we ask for our community’s trust and support that we are doing our best to care for them with the limited resources available to us.” Chief Nursing Officer, Janae Wright.
In a time like this, everyone needs to use their resources wisely. Here at DHCHD, we are making sure we are doing just that to ensure we can serve the most people possible, in the case of an outbreak. We are rural healthcare, close to home. We are here to serve our community every day and stand on the front lines during this pandemic. Thank you for trusting in us and we will be here when you are in need. The communities’ generosity has not gone unnoticed, thank you for all those who have offered a helping hand, it is appreciated.
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. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a good resource for information regarding the best plan of action for your safety, visit their website at https://www.cdc.gov/. If you have questions, please feel free to message our Facebook page.