WGH plans for coronavirus

Wilbarger General Hospital continues to focus on preparation efforts regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

“We are following suggested infection prevention protocols and guidance from the CDC,” Public Relations and Marketing Director Carrie Hawkins stated.

“As recommended by the CDC and out of caution, we are implementing visitor restrictions. Beginning immediately, visitors on weekends and after 7 p.m. are directed to enter the facility through the Emergency Department.

“We are requesting all visitors sign in upon entering the facility through all entrances 7 days per week in order to better protect our patients, guests and community from exposure to COVID-19 should a case arise in our community.”

Should an individual have reasonable suspicion they have been exposed to COVID-19 and present with symptoms, procedures have been implemented to reduce exposure to others and better protect our community. Patients who fit the criteria above are asked to call 940-552-1199 for assistance. An area has been set up in the ambulance bay outside the emergency department where patients can be assessed in the comfort of their vehicle while reducing possible exposure to other patients and guests inside the emergency department.

WGH is not currently a testing center for COVID-19 and the CDC requires specific criteria to be met in order to qualify for the COVID-19 test due to limited supply of COVID-19 tests. We do, however, offer screenings to determine if a patient meets criteria for testing.

WGH is working diligently to stay up to date on information as it is released from the CDC and will keep the community informed as new information develops.

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