Guadalupe Regional Medical Center COVID-19 Update: June 26, 2020
As of June 26, 2020, Guadalupe County has 315 confirmed COVID-19 cases including 246 recovered cases and 69 active cases. DSHS is now also reporting cases that are pending investigation and Guadalupe County has 334 cases pending investigation. This week the number of COVID-19 tests performed at GRMC have more than doubled and the percentage of positive test results has increased (these test results include patients from counties outside Guadalupe). Emergency department visits for flu and/or COVID like illness have tripled over the prior week. In one 48-hour-period, hospitalization numbers doubled. GRMC is definitely being challenged as the need for inpatient care has rapidly increased.
Numbers of COVID-19 patients at GRMC: Currently GRMC has 26 hospitalized COVID-19 patients. This number changes frequently.
GRMC Dedicated Units: GRMC continues to care for all community health issues and has dedicated a portion of its campus as a COVID-19 unit and a dedicated COVID-19 ICU. During this spike in community transmission, GRMC conducts daily strategy calls focused on ensuring adequate staffing, equipment, and process alterations as needed.
Breakdown of the Numbers: Texas health care providers are required to report positive COVID-19 test results to Department of State Health Services who then investigates positive cases and shares the information with the county officials from the county where the person resides. Positive case numbers are attributed to the person’s county of residence regardless of where the patient is located when they are tested and/or treated.
Due to the flow of information, the volume of COVID-19 testing, and the volume of reporting to DSHS there are delays in the time it takes for the numbers to reconcile between DSHS and Texas counties.
Seguin Mayor’s Order: Seguin Mayor Don Kiel issued an order on June 26, 2020 requiring that businesses within the City of Seguin to create health and safety policies for their businesses that require patrons to wear face coverings and implement other health measures such as health screenings and temperature checks. Failure of businesses to implement and post their policies may result in a fine not to exceed $1,000.00.
Guadalupe County Judge Kutscher’s Advisory Order: On June 26, 2020 Guadalupe County Judge Kyle Kutscher entered an order requiring commercial entities to create health and safety policies and wear face coverings where 6 feet of separation is not feasible. Face covering are strongly recommended for county residents (10 years and older) in addition to keeping six feet of distance between individuals.