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Statewide Mask Mandate

June 8, 2020

 

Update from Kiowa County Hospital District

 

Our primary focus at Kiowa County Hospital District is the health and wellbeing of our community, patients, and staff.  Over these past few months, KCHD has held countless meetings to prepare and plan for COVID-19.   The staff at KCHD have worked diligently along with various partners in efforts to keep our community and facility safe from COVID-19.

 

Kiowa County Hospital District continues to monitor information and guidance related to COVID-19 as we move further into the next level of safer at home.  Many businesses are now operational with restrictions as established by the State.  KCHD is working with our partners at the local, state, and federal level to ensure we are implementing protocols based on the latest guidelines and recommendations provided by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.  We monitor restrictions daily and implement best practices as needed.

 

The new guidelines have allowed us to resume our outpatient services such as cardiology with Dr. Gustafson, chiropractic care with Dr. Oquist, sleep studies with Rocky Mountain Sleep Resources, and Ultra Imaging visits.  These services are being provided in compliance with the state guidelines so there are still some restrictions in place.

 

Kiowa County Hospital District continues to restrict visitor access to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19.  Our staff have participated in multiple calls with local and state partners to discuss the possibility of easing visitor access to KCHD.

Please know that we are closely monitoring this situation and we truly understand the value of visitation on a patient’s overall health and wellbeing.

 

Clinic and hospital patients are still subject to our screening process upon entry to the facility.  Individuals presenting to the clinic or hospital with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 are being triaged according to our established policies.

As always, patients that are in distress and in need of urgent medical care will be masked and allowed to enter KCHD immediately.  These procedures have been shared previously but if you have any questions, please give us a call!

 

Kiowa County Hospital District reminds you that your health and the health of our community is essential.  Our clinic and hospital are safe and able to see you for your healthcare needs.  Patients and staff are screened daily and preventative measures are in place.  If you are uncomfortable coming to the clinic, we now offer telehealth visits.  If you are interested in telehealth visits, please call the clinic at 438-2251 for more information.

 

We will continue to work closely with our partners at the state and local level to ensure Kiowa County Hospital District is informed of the ongoing updates regarding COVID-19 in Colorado.  For current information on COVID-19 and case information for the State, please visit the sites below.

 

Centers for Disease Control – https://www.cdc.gov

Colorado State Health Department – https://www.colorado.gov/cdphe

People who have general questions about COVID-19 can call CO HELP at 1-303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911.

 

Thank you for helping us protect our community, patients, and staff.  Your understanding is greatly appreciated.

March 18th, 2020 COVID 19 Notice

 

Kiowa County Public Health Agency

P. O. Box 414 1206 Luther Street Eads, CO 81036

Phone: (719) 438-5782 Fax: (719) 438-2208

Press Release 03/18/2020

Public Health COVID-19 Update FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION

Public Health Update: Kiowa County Public Health Agency would like to remind everyone of the importance of adhering to the advice to stay home as much as possible for the next few weeks. An emergency declaration was made by the County Commissioners yesterday. Though we do not have positive tests in our region we do not have many tests and, as the Front Range is now running out of tests, we are not likely to get more. The more we can hunker down and try to delay the arrival of COVID-19 to our area the more likely we are to minimize fatalities.

Our priority is keeping the people of our communities safe. We are urging Coloradans to exercise personal responsibility to protect public health, especially populations at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, including:

  • Older people (over age 60), especially those over 80 years.
  • People who have chronic medical conditions like heart, lung, or kidney disease, or diabetes.
  • Older people with chronic medical conditions are at greatest risk.

Everyone’s daily preventive actions are important in reducing spread to people who may experience more severe illness.

PREVENTION MESSAGES FROM COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC
HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT (CDPHE)
Coloradans should stay informed and take simple preventive actions.

  • Frequently and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, or use your inner elbow or sleeve.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home if you’re sick, and keep your children home if they are sick.
  • Clean surfaces in your home, and personal items such as cell phones, using regular household products.
  • Be calm and prepared.

FEMA: Guidance for COVID-19 preparedness CDC: Getting your household ready for COVID-19

  • Good sources of information are:
    CO HELP: COVID-19 Hotline: Call 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 for answers in many languages including English, Spanish (Español), Mandarin (普通话), and more.
  • Email COHELP@RMPDC.org (answers in English only).
  • State public health web page: colorado.gov/cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirus

March 20, 2020 @ 3:00 pm 

As always, the primary focus of Kiowa County Hospital District (KCHD) is the health and wellbeing of our community, patients, and staff. We continue to restrict visitor access to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19. Our screening process for hospital and clinic patients has changed slightly. 

Hospital and Clinic 

As of today, please do not enter Kiowa County Hospital District if you have any of the following symptoms: 

 

* Fever (temperature of 100.4 degrees or more) 

* Cough 

* Shortness of breath 

* Known or suspected exposure to someone diagnosed with COVID-19 

* Travel outside of the United States 

* Travel to Eagle, Gunnison, Pitkin, or Summit counties in Colorado. 

Any patient that presents to the hospital or clinic with any of the above symptoms will be asked to wait in their car until they are called by the nurse to enter the hospital via the north emergency department elevator entrance. All normal copays and/or coinsurance may apply for patients accessing this service. 

You can call ahead to the Hospital at 719438-5401 or to Eads Medical Clinic at 719-4382251. 

Patients that are in distress and in need of urgent medical care will be masked and allowed to enter KCHD immediately. 

Emergency Medical Services 

EMS personnel will screen 911 patients for COVID-19 per established protocols and only transport patients that require hospitalization. 

Outpatient Lab Services 

Outpatient lab hours will be Monday through Friday from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Non-essential Visits 

Cardiology, chiropractor, sleep study, and ultra imaging visits will be postponed for the time being. 

We will continue to work closely with our partners at the state and local level to ensure Kiowa County Hospital District is informed of the ongoing updates regarding COVID19 in Colorado. For current information on COVID-19 and case information for the State, please visit the sites below. 

Centers for Disease Control – https://www.cdc.gov/ Colorado State Health Department – https://www.colorado.gov/cdphe People who have general questions about COVID19 can call CO HELP at 1-303-3891687 or 1-8774622911. 

Thank you for helping us protect our community, patients, and staff. Your understanding is greatly appreciated. 

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Local measures to ensure that we ready to face this outbreak are well underway at Kiowa County Hospital District. In fact, preparations were well underway long before this current outbreak. KCHD has a current (updated yearly) disaster preparedness plan, as well as current infection control policies and procedures in place All of the staff at KCHD have been fitted for the specific mask needed for this outbreak (N95) last year, and all newly hired staff are fitted during new hire orientation. Yearly fittings for these masks were recently completed in February 2020.  Local KCHD medical & nursing staff are working together with our public health partners and have attended the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and CDPHE (Colorado Department of Public Health) online webinars to assist with the planning for such an outbreak.

Current recommendations by the medical & nursing staff are based on the current CDC guidance that containing the virus and preventing the spread is the number one priority. Staying at home, when possible, is the best method of preventing the spread of this disease, as well as calling ahead to the hospital or clinic when you do need to come in.

Treatment currently includes getting plenty of fluids, rest and taking medications like Tylenol or Ibuprofen to reduce fever. Antibiotics are NOT recommended because this is a virus not a bacterium. Some patients may be able to get this treatment at home without risking spreading the virus to others.

 

Therefore, please take the following precautions:

  1. Wash your hands frequently – for at least 20 seconds and drying them thoroughly.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. The virus can’t grow if it can’t get into your body.
  3. If you have the following symptoms – it is very helpful to call the clinic or hospital to speak with a nurse or provider before coming in:

Fever, cough, body aches, sore throat, nasal congestion

  1. If you have a fever that does not come down with Tylenol or Ibuprofen, trouble breathing or severe weakness- come to the hospital right away.
  2. If advised to come into the clinic or hospital by a nurse– grab a mask at the door and put it on. Advise the staff immediately upon entering of your symptoms.
  3. If advised to stay home, clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as doorknobs, desks, handrails. Cover coughs and sneezes with tissue or your inner elbow shirt sleeve. Stay at home and do not have visitors come over. Report worsening symptoms immediately to clinic or hospital staff.

If you have symptoms, please call the Eads Clinic at 719-438-2251 or the hospital 719-438-5401 and ask to speak to a nurse.

If you have questions about KCHD’s plan, please contact Ellen Lane, RN, MSN, CCRN- Infection Control and Prevention Nurse at 719-438-5401 or Kiowa County Public Health- 719-438-5782 or 719-336-8721

For more information you can also:

CDPHE Coronavirus webpage. https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirus or

Call CO-Help for information  at 877-462-2911.

Kiowa County Hospital District

Kiowa County Hospital District dba Weisbrod Memorial County Hospital and the Eads Medical Clinic are a community driven healthcare entity. We are continuously looking to enhance and expand healthcare services to the friends and families of Kiowa County.

Medical Oral Expanded Care

Preventive Oral Health Services in the Primary Care Medical Environment

Eads Medical Clinic is partnering with Colorado Rural Health Center and developed the MOrE Care program for Kiowa County residents and the surrounding areas.

Insulin Pump Training and Therapy

Take Advantage of New Diabetes Management Tools and Therapy!

Kiowa County Hospital District
Kiowa County Ambulance Service

Full Service Emergency Response and Medical Transport Services. Emergency medical care is minutes away.

In Kiowa County, quality medical care begins at your time and place of need.

Physical Therapy

Intervention and Treatment for Full Mobility and Recovery. Your recovery isn’t complete until your lifestyle is restored.

Have a question? Please reach out to us for more information!

Avera eCARE® Emergency will be available on August 28th at Weisbrod!

Weisbrod Memorial Hospital in Eads, Colorado is equipped to handle emergencies, but access to a second set of eyes and ears can be beneficial in critical cases.

Beginning on August 28th, the staff at Weisbrod will have immediate, virtual access to a team of physicians and nurses who specialize in emergency medicine.

eCARE Emergency enhances care by providing:

  • Access to board-certified emergency physicians 24 hours a day
  • Connects rural communities to highly trained specialists
  • Activation of emergency transport teams as early as possible
  • Additional support during multiple emergencies
  • Fewer transfers so patients can stay close to home
  • Collaborative approach allows local caregivers to focus exclusively on patient care

To learn more about Avera eCARE, go to www.AveraeCARE.org.

 

A letter from our CEO

My name is Charlene Korrell, CEO of Kiowa County Hospital District (Weisbrod Memorial County Hospital). | am writing to you today to request a donation to our infrastructure upgrade project. The hospital was built in the 1930’s with wing additions to the main building in the 1960’s. A mechanical upgrade to the facility was performed approximately 20 years ago and this equipment is now obsolete and starting to malfunction. The hospital is in dire need of a holistic infrastructure upgrade to continue to maintain current standards of care.