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Reeves County Hospital and Medical Clinic

November 11, 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is surging in our community

Reeves County Hospital District and Pecos Valley Rural Health Clinic are both seeing a large increase in patients presenting symptoms of COVID-19.

To complicate matters hospitals beds in our region are quickly filling up with patients presenting life threatening cases. This is a dangerous situation, not only for patients with COVID-19, but for anyone who needs urgent medical attention.

We need your help!

You can do a lot to help our community stay safe by limiting the spread of COVID-19. The actions are simple. They don't guarantee your safety, but if we all follow them, we can slow the spread of the disease and make sure there is capacity to treat everyone with urgent needs.

• Wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose in public places
• Wash your hands, for 20 seconds frequently and after each place you visit
• Distance yourself from others in public

These three simple, common sense rules can have a big impact when we all practice them. The staff at Reeves County Hospital District follow these same practices to keep our patients and our staff as safe as possible. They are not a 100% guarantee of safety, but they greatly lower your risk of infection and they greatly slow the transmission of the disease.

Reeves County Hospital District and Pecos Valley Rural Health Clinic are committed to caring for the people of our community. We hope you will make the commitment to help keep our community safe as well.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19

If you have symptoms including cough, fever, difficulty breathing, chest pain, or fatigue please do the following.

1. Call the hospital or clinic to consult with our healthcare professionals--before arrival
2. Isolate yourself from others as much as possible
3. Cover your face near other people, even at home

For a detailed list of symptoms, please refer to this webpage from the CDC.
CDC COVID-19 Symptoms Guide

Stay informed about COVID-19

For your health and peace of mind, it's a good idea to educate yourself about any public health threat. The CDC provides valuable and trustworthy information about COVID-19 that is easy to understand. It is well worth your time to read their information page and look for answers to any questions you might have.

CDC COVID-19 information

What to Know About COVID-19 in Reeves County

Although Texas has relaxed some restrictions, it is important to remain cautious and to take steps to slow the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 is a serious illness and still remains a threat to the wellbeing of our community. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 50,000 Texans have tested positive for COVID 19, which has taken nearly 1,500 Texas lives.

Because the illness is transmitted primarily from person to person, social distancing is one of the most important ways that you can limit your risk of getting ill or spreading the virus. Many of those who are infected with COVID-19 can be infectious for several days before experiencing symptoms.

Steps to limit the spread of the virus include limiting time spent in public to necessary tasks such as buying food and medicine, washing your hands frequently and ensuring things are properly cleaned.

Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Those who have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 are also asked to seek medical advice.

If you suspect you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing any symptoms, you should not go directly to the hospital or clinic but rather call your healthcare provider or the Pecos Valley Rural Health clinic first to determine whether you should be tested. Testing is currently available in the community for those who meet certain medical criteria, as evaluated by the hospital's medical team.

Don't Delay the Healthcare Services You Need

It is more important than ever to ensure that you are in good health. The medical teams at the hospital and the Pecos Valley Rural Health Clinic are ready to care for you and your family.

Delaying the healthcare services you need puts your wellbeing at risk. You can take comfort knowing that the hospital and clinic are open and providing the medical care you need.

Sanitation has always been a priority at RCHD, but we have taken extra steps to ensure that the hospital and clinic are clean and safe for you and our staff.

In Reeves County, the Pecos Valley Rural Health Clinic is a convenient choice for families with busy schedules. Appointments can be scheduled for a number of services, including immunizations, comprehensive adolescent and adult health, Medicare screenings, women's health care, obstetrics and annual wellness exams. Telemedicine appointments, using your computer or cell phone, are also available for some types of visits.

To learn more about local healthcare services or to schedule an appointment at the Pecos Valley Rural Health Clinic, please call 432-447-056.

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911.

To keep caught up on the latest information, make sure to "like" the Reeves County Hospital District Facebook page.

How We Fight COVID-19 and Why

April, 16, 2020

COVID-19 is a respiratory infection. It will infect you if you breathe it in, or if it comes in contact with your mouth or nose. It attacks your lungs and spreads to others when you cough, sneeze, talk or exhale.

COVID-19 can also live on surfaces for a while. It gets there either when you sneeze, cough or when you touch your nose or mouth, then touch a surface. From there, others can pick it up and move it to their nose or mouth.

There are other possible means of transmission, but these are the ones that easily endanger all of us. It is these means of infection that have led to the advice you commonly hear that will help you and your family to stay safe during this pandemic.

Social distancing

What: Keep 6' from other people.
Why: This is to prevent you from breathing in the virus exhaled by others. If you are infected, it prevents others getting it from you.

Don't touch your face

What: Don't use your hands to touch your face, especially your nose, mouth, eyes and ears unless your hands are clean.
Why: Touching surfaces contaminated with the virus can contaminate your hands. Touching your face moves the virus to where it needs to be to infect you.

Wash your hands

What: Wash for 20 seconds using soap and water, or with 60% alcohol hand sanitizer
Why: This kills the virus on your hands. When your hands are clean, you can touch your face without worrying about infection. It also keeps you from spreading the virus by touching things.

Cough into your elbow

What: When you cough or sneeze, put your face in the crook of your elbow.
Why: Firstly, it greatly reduces how far the virus can spread from your cough or sneeze. When you use your hand to do this, you just get the virus on your hands, and can spread it by touching surfaces. We don't touch anything with our elbows, so it is much safer.

Wear a breathing mask

What: Wear a breathing mask when you are close to others or someone who is infected. Also wear one if you are sick and near anyone else.
Why: Wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth can help prevent you from breathing in the virus. If you are sick, it reduces how much you spread the virus in the air around you. Learn about the proper way to use a breathing mask to get the most benefit from it.

Note: At this time, we are trying to reserve N95 rated breathing masks for healthcare workers and those caring for patient's sick with COVID-19. Everyone else is encouraged to use a consumer mask, or to make a simple breathing mask at home.

COVID-19 Health Tips

5 Tips to Prevent the Spread of Germs and Viruses

Health and wellness are once again atop of everyone's mind these days as the world faces the threats posed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Highly contagious, COVID-19 has the ability to impact every one of us, including those who are considered at high-risk. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), individuals at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness include older adults (seniors) and people who have serious chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease.

While we all hunker down and do our part to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe, there are many ways you can prevent the spread of germs and viruses.
We've compiled the top five tips everyone should keep in mind to stay safe and healthy:

• Wash your hands... and wash often! One of the best ways to prevent the spread of germs is by washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. A great tip for children is to sing the "Happy Birthday" song twice.
• Avoid needlessly touching your face with your hands. Your mouth, nose and eyes are very sensitive and make it easy for germs and viruses to enter your body.
• Disinfect everything as often as possible. From door handles to light switches, countertops to cell phones, tablet computers to toys - if you touch it, disinfect it often. This is especially important when you are out and about and come home. Cell phones in particular are notorious for rarely being cleaned and can hold lots of bacteria. Disinfectant wipes and sprays are ideal solutions for cleaning.
• Do not visit clinics or the hospital emergency room if you are sick. This applies to you, your children, and other loved ones. If you are sick, please call your primary care physician or the hospital emergency room prior to showing up. They can advise over the telephone the best course of action you need to take. These precautions are designed to prevent the spread of viruses such as COVID-19 should you be infected.
• Be kind. Be patient. Remember that we are all in this together. Whether you are healthy or ill, all our actions affect one another.
Whatever lies ahead, remember that Reeves County Hospital District will be here ready to respond at a moment's notice. We continue to work with the CDC and Texas Department of State Health Services to stay atop of pertinent health news and we will always share any important updates with the community.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Pecos Valley Rural Health Clinic (432) 447-0565 or Reeves County Hospital District, (432) 447-3551. We're here to help.

Brenda McKinney,

CEO of Reeves County Hospital District