- Most people who catch COVID-19 have mild symptoms, but some people become severely ill.
- Older adults and people who have certain underlying medical conditions are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
- Hundreds of thousands of people have died from COVID-19 in the United States.
- Vaccines against COVID-19 are safe and effective.
- Contact your local family physician and/or pharmacy
- Visit Vaccines.gov to find vaccination providers near you.
- Text your zip code to 438829 or call 1-800-232-0233 to find vaccine locations near you.
- Contact the Texas Department of State Health Services
- Check your local news outlets. They may have information on how to get a vaccination appointment.
• Wear a mask over your mouth and nose when in public.
• Wash hands thoroughly and frequently
• Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily
• Practice social distancing, keeping at least 6 feet apart from each other
• Cover your coughs and sneezes with the crook of your arm.
• Avoid crowded, poorly ventilated or fully enclosed indoor spaces.
• Choose outdoor activities over indoor ones
• If you exhibit symptoms, call your doctor BEFORE going into the office
If you become sick with COVID-19, continue taking your insulin and diabetes medications, and test your blood sugar levels every 4 hours. For more information on how to be prepared with COVID-19 and diabetes, please read Sick Days, COVID-19 and Diabetes.
GRMC will continue to:
- Follow updated guidance from CDC/TDHHS for the management of Persons Under Investigation for COVID-19
- Use CDC recommended methods of disinfecting our facility with a focus on high-touch areas
- Take care of our patients and staff by providing education on updated CDC recommendations for use of personal protective equipment and other infection control measures
- Educate our community on hygiene practices that support containment
Guided by our quality and infection prevention experts and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we have taken a number of steps in addition to our standard rigorous infection control measures to ensure our facilities remain safe places for you to confidently receive care.
Screening for COVID-19 Symptoms: We screen all patients, and visitors for COVID-19 symptoms. In addition, when you arrive, you and anyone with you will also be asked about any cough, fever and other symptoms of respiratory virus infection that you or others in your household may be experiencing. Staff are also screened for COVID-19 symptoms each day.
Masks for Staff: All staff wear masks. The type of mask staff members wear is determined by the type of care they provide, to best ensure their safety and the safety of our patients.
Masks for Patients and Visitors: All patients and anyone with them will be asked to wear a mask or cloth face covering while in our health care facilities. You may bring your own, or if you don’t have one, face masks are available at each entrance
Hand Sanitizer: Hand sanitizer is available at each entrance and at numerous locations throughout each building. Everyone is asked to sanitize their hands when they enter the building. In addition, each member of our health care staff sanitizes their hands before and after each patient encounter.
Enhanced Cleaning Procedures: Areas such as waiting rooms, lobbies and restrooms are cleaned often with special attention to frequently touched surfaces including doorknobs, armrests and handrails. Patient rooms and exam rooms are fully cleaned and disinfected between each patient. We have also made special arrangements to support social distancing. You may see markers on the floors to show where people should stand for check-in and check-out. We have rearranged furniture in some waiting areas to create more space between patients.
What you can do at the Time of Admission:
- Confirm who your loved one’s legally authorized health care representative (medical or health care power of attorney) will be. This is the person who makes decisions when a person cannot speak for themselves. Give the person’s name and phone number(s) to the hospital team.
- Discuss who will be the primary family contact. We can only give out information to family members with the patient’s permission. We know there are many people who care about your loved one. Please choose one person who will talk to the hospital team during the stay – this allows the health care team to devote their time to your loved one.
- It is best if the primary contact is the legally authorized health care representative.
- That person can then share the information with your loved one’s family and community.
- Give the name and phone number(s) for a back-up person.
- Give the hospital team a copy of your loved one’s advance directive/living will if they completed one. (You can also mail or drop off later if you don’t have it now.)
- Inform the hospital team about what kind of technology the primary family contact has at home. Does that person have a smartphone (like an iPhone or Android), tablet (like an iPad or Chromebook), or computer with a camera and internet?
- Plan how you and your loved one will stay in touch while you are apart. You can use the bedside phone number that the hospital will provide if your loved one is admitted to our Medical Unit. If your loved one has a smartphone, tablet, or laptop computer you may leave it with them. Be sure the device is labeled with their name and please provide a charger cord that is also labeled with their name.
What to Expect:
- The designated family contact will hear from a care team member each day between 1p-4p for regular updates or more frequently if the patient’s condition or treatment changes
- COVID patients admitted to the ICU will also be assigned a family liaison Monday-Friday who will facilitate communication with the family contact.
- We encourage you to stay in touch with patients through phone calls and videoconferencing. If there is any way we can help coordinate a virtual visit via phone call or “face time” with your family members, please let us know during your daily call.