Guadalupe Regional Medical Center COVID-19 Update: December 29, 2020

As of December 29, 2020, Guadalupe County is reporting 6,812 COVID-19 cases. The total number includes 5,461 recovered, 225 confirmed active cases, and 121 probable active cases.

Numbers of COVID-19 Patients at GRMC: Currently GRMC has 33 hospitalized COVID-19 patients. GRMC’s 7 day moving average of new COVID-19 admissions is 4 per day and the 7 day moving average for COVID-19 hospitalizations is 30 per day. This information represents average numbers from our facility alone.

High Hospitalizations in Trauma Service P: Sunday December 27, 2020 marked the 7th consecutive day the San Antonio region exceeded 15% hospital capacity utilized for COVID-19 cases. Pursuant to Governor Abbott’s executive Orders GA-31 and GA-32 all elective surgeries that can be safely postponed must be re-scheduled until the local trauma service area is no longer considered an area of high hospitalizations. When the trauma service area has stayed below 15% hospital capacity utilized for COVID-19 cases for 7 consecutive days this prohibition will end.

If you are scheduled to have a procedure at Guadalupe Regional Medical Center soon please contact your physician to determine if the procedure will proceed. GRMC remains open and ready to treat those presenting for care. We will return to normal surgical operating procedures as soon as possible.

Vaccine Information: GRMC has no information on COVID-19 vaccinations for the general public.

Guadalupe Regional Medical Center encourages everyone to discuss with their family practice providers whether they should get vaccinated for COVID-19. The CDC link below provides additional information on the two types of COVID-19 vaccines currently available under FDA emergency use authorizations.

New Year’s Day Visiting Hours: The patient tower lobby will be open from 8:00 am through 6:00 pm on January 1, 2021 to accommodate visitors. GRMC is allowing one visitor to accompany patients who are receiving outpatient services and inpatient services consistent with Texas

Health and Human Services expiration of the emergency rule prohibiting visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic. The rule requires hospitals to screen each person entering the hospital and restrict visitor access as the hospital determines necessary to limit the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 patients (and suspected COVID-19 patients) will not be allowed visitors.

Normal visiting hours for hospitalized patients are 8 am-6pm. The Patient Tower entrance is open Monday through Friday 5:30am-6:00pm to accommodate flow of traffic. Visitors arriving during weekend visiting hours will need to proceed through the Emergency Department entrance for screening and entry.

All persons entering GRMC will be required to wear a mask and be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and contacts. If visitors exhibit symptoms they will be denied entry. Masks must be worn at all times within the building and visitors are not permitted to congregate in public areas, such as lobbies or the cafeteria.

Some compassionate care visitor exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis, with approval by the Unit Nurse Manager or Director of Nursing. Exceptions may be granted for extenuating circumstances, such as end-of-life care.