Guadalupe Regional Medical Center Update on COVID-19: April 3, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Elizabeth McCown
Director of Risk & Legal Affairs/Public Information Officer
Guadalupe Regional Medical Center
emccown@grmedcenter.com
830.401.7314

[Seguin, Texas] April 3, 2020 — The total of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Guadalupe County has risen to 23 including 5 recovered cases and 17 active. Guadalupe Regional Medical Center continues to remain in a heightened state of preparation for the likely increase of COVID-19 cases.

Public Health Emergency Unit aka “PHE” Unit: As of April 1, 2020, a separate unit has been created within GRMC’s campus to care for COVID-19 patients and persons with presumptive COVID-19 whose test results are pending.

COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line: Texas Health and Human Services has launched a 24/7 statewide mental health support line to help Texans experiencing anxiety, stress or emotional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This new resource offers COVID-19-related mental health support for all Texans. People can call the Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week toll-free at 833-986-1919.

GRMC Daily COVID-19 Preparedness: GRMC, in partnership with local emergency management officials, is actively exploring off-campus facility options for housing non-COVID-19 patients who require hospitalization in the event of a surge of COVID-19 patients.

Our emergency preparedness team continues to provide daily updates to STRAC (Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council, our emergency council who assist in providing and monitoring resources for our region) regarding availability of facility beds, ventilators, personal protective equipment and supplies.

GRMC conducts a daily call with our emergency management team to review:

  • National and local numbers of COVID-19 cases;
  • Known and anticipated staffing and supply issues; and
  • Updates from Centers for Disease Control, the Texas Department of Health and Human Services, Texas Hospital Association, Orders from Texas Governor Abbott’s Office, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid guidance, and federal legislation on COVID-19; and
  • Modifies processes as necessary.

GRMC will continue to evaluate and respond to provide the best and safest care possible in these challenging times.