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Guadalupe Regional Medical Center Update on COVID-19: March 18, 2020


Elizabeth McCown
Director of Risk & Legal Affairs/Public Information Officer
Guadalupe Regional Medical Center

[Seguin, Texas] March 18, 2020 — On March 17, 2020 the Board of Governors of Guadalupe Regional Medical Center met to conduct its regular meeting at which time they received an update on our organization’s preparedness for COVID-19.

According to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 case list, there continue to be no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Guadalupe County. Texas currently has 83 cases reported across 23 counties.

What is Guadalupe Regional Medical Center doing today to prepare for COVID-19 in our area?

GRMC meets daily 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, and other authorities on public health; and
  • Modifies processes as necessary.

Is Guadalupe Regional Medical Center communicating with local providers or regional resources?

We are in communication with community physicians, local authorities, first responders, and nursing homes to coordinate care of patients who may fit criteria for COVID-19 testing in a manner that best protects all involved.

Our emergency preparedness team provides 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.

In accordance with Department of Health guidelines, GRMC has limited visitors to one (with no children under 13 allowed) per patient and is continuing to screen visitors for fever, signs of respiratory illness and travel criteria.

GRMC will continue to prepare and update the community accordingly.

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