Press Release COVID-19 8-13-2020

Posted by on Aug 13, 2020 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Press Release COVID-19 8-13-2020

PRESS RELEASE: Coronavirus COVID-19 August 13, 2020 Somervell County, Texas now has a total of 134 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 26 of our residents currently have active infections. We currently have two patients in the hospital, and all other active cases are currently under in-home isolation and care.  Using the guidelines from the State of Texas DSHS, we currently have 2 county residents who have died as a result of their COVID-19 infections.  Our condolences and prayers go out to their families and friends.  We also have had two known deaths of patients who either died with COVID-19, but from another cause, or dies shortly after recovering from their COVID-19 infection.  Again, our thought and prayers go out to their families and friends during these very trying times.  All of these patients had significant medical problems and/or risk factors.  We have had 106 residents recover from this illness. We currently have significant evidence of community and institutional spread in Somervell County, as well as in our neighboring counties.  A large percentage of our community spread is between family members.  This does continue to increase the risk level to all Somervell County residents.  Contact tracer activity is ongoing with all new positive results, and all results are being reported to the State of Texas per DSHS guidelines. COVID-19 will continue to impact our community.  Now that we have gone back to school, I would like to remind people that social distancing, aggressive hand hygiene, and wearing masks in appropriate situations, are the best ways to protect themselves from getting the virus.  Those sane recommendations help to protect others, especially in the event someone has become infected, and has yet to show any signs or symptoms of the disease.  Data suggests that the 24 hours prior to the onset of the illness, is the most infectious point in the course of the illness. Please be mindful that we are all neighbors, respect the privacy of others and follow HIPAA guidelines.  It is Glen Rose Medical Center’s policy not to release any demographic or patient information due to HIPAA law. Want to know more? Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) website and Texas 2-1-1 remain the best sources of information for Somervell residents regarding COVID-19 testing and self-protection measures. DSHS updates their county-by-county tracking map daily at https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/. As a community, there has been a slight decrease in new cases over the last week.  I am hopeful we may have peaked. We will know a lot more in the coming 3-4 weeks.  It is very hard to predict, now that we have gone back to school, how this will affect the rate of infections in our community.  We will continue to monitor the situation carefully.  I feel very comfortable in saying that I believe Mr. Rotan, the teachers, and staff of GRISD are doing everything they can to decrease the risks that this infection will pose to our children, and by extension, to our families.  This plan is very thorough, and comprehensive.  It also mitigates the risks to our teachers and staff and will help to keep them healthy as well.  Parents, please recognize, that if your child is ill, it is not ok to give them Tylenol or ibuprofen in order to get them to school.  Please keep your children...

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Coronavirus COVID-19 Press Release 8-6-2020

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PRESS RELEASE: Coronavirus COVID-19 August 6, 2020 Somervell County, Texas now has a total of 109 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 23 of our residents currently have active infections. We currently have one patient in the hospital, and all other active cases are currently under in-home isolation and care.  Unfortunately, a patient died from COVID-19 related complications while hospitalized at Glen Rose Medical Center, and 3 other deaths have occurred, 1 with COVID-19 as the cause of death, 2 had causes of death unrelated to their COVID-19 infection.  All of these patients had significant medical problems and/or risk factors.  We would like to express our condolences to all the families affected by these deaths.  At some point one of the COVID-19 related deaths may be assigned to another county pending determination of the patient’s primary residence, per State of Texas guidelines.  We have had 84 residents recover from this illness.  We currently have one patient hospitalized with COVID-19 at GRMC. We currently have significant evidence of community and institutional spread in Somervell County, as well as in our neighboring counties.  This does continue to increase the risk level to all Somervell County residents.  Contact tracer activity is ongoing with all new positive results, and all results are being reported to the State of Texas per DSHS guidelines. COVID-19 will continue to impact our community.  As we get ready to go back to school, I would like to remind people that social distancing, aggressive hand hygiene, and wearing masks in appropriate situations, are the best ways to protect themselves from getting the virus, but also to protect others, in the event that they might have gotten infected, and just do not have and symptoms yet. Please be mindful that we are all neighbors, respect the privacy of others and follow HIPAA guidelines.  It is Glen Rose Medical Center’s policy not to release any demographic or patient information due to HIPAA law. Want to know more? Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) website and Texas 2-1-1 remain the best sources of information for Somervell residents regarding COVID-19 testing and self-protection measures. DSHS updates their county-by-county tracking map daily at https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/. As a community, I am hopeful that we may have reached a peak. We will know a lot more in the coming week.  It is very hard to predict, what will happen when we go back to school, and we will watch our community very closely.  I feel very comfortable in saying that I believe Mr. Rotan, teachers, and staff of GRISD are doing everything they can to decrease the risks that this infection will pose to our children, and by extension, to our families.  This plan is very thorough, and comprehensive.  It also mitigates risks to our teachers and staff and will help to keep them healthy as well.  Parents, please recognize, that if your child is ill, it is not ok to give them Tylenol or ibuprofen in order to get them to school.  Please keep your children home if they are sick. Unfortunately, further deaths in our community from COVID-19 are going to be difficult to avoid.  Please continue to work together to minimize these risks.  Ss a community, look out for the safety and well-being of each other, especially the elderly and frail in our community.  Please...

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Press Release 7-30-2020

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PRESS RELEASE: Coronavirus COVID-19 July 30, 2020 Somervell County, Texas now has a total of 90 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 25 of our residents currently have active infections. We currently have one patient in the hospital, and all other active cases are currently under home isolation and care.  Unfortunately, a patient died from COVID-19 related complications while hospitalized at Glen Rose Medical Center.  We would like to express our condolences to their family.  Another Somervell county resident passed away earlier in the month while infected with COVID-19, however the cause of death was determined to be other chronic medical problems, and not directly related to their infection.  We have had 64 residents recover from this illness. We currently have significant evidence of community and institutional spread in Somervell County, as well as in our neighboring counties.  This does continue to increase the risk level to all Somervell County residents.  Contact tracer activity is ongoing with all new positive results. COVID-19 will continue to impact our community.  We need to continue to do our best to take care of each other, wash/sanitize our hands, wear our masks, practice respectful social distancing and look out for the vulnerable amongst us. Please be mindful that we are all neighbors, respect the privacy of others and follow HIPAA guidelines.  It is Glen Rose Medical Center’s policy not to release any demographic or patient information due to HIPAA law. Want to know more? Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) website and Texas 2-1-1 remain the best sources of information for Somervell residents regarding COVID-19 testing and self-protection measures. DSHS updates their county-by-county tracking map daily at https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/. As a community, we will continue to experience more of this disease.  Unfortunately, further deaths in our community from COVID-19 are going to be difficult to avoid.  Please continue to work together to minimize these risks.  Please, as a community, look out for the safety and well-being of each other, especially the elderly and frail in our community.  Please wear masks in appropriate settings, practice social distancing, and good hand hygiene.  These simple things, while not perfect are having an impact in decreasing disease spread.  This will be inconvenient for some to do.  I ask that we all do it anyway. I appreciate you all for your continued time and efforts in fighting this disease, none of us are in this alone.  Together we can keep our community strong, safe, and moving forward. Thank you! Steven Vacek, M.D. Glen Rose HealthCare Inc. Somervell County Local Health Authority COVID...

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Press Release 7-21-2020

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PRESS RELEASE: Coronavirus COVID-19 July 21, 2020 Somervell County, Texas now has a total of 59 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 16 of our residents currently have active infections. We currently have one patient in the hospital, and all other active cases are currently under home isolation and care.  We have had 43 residents recover from this illness, including two that required hospitalization.  We also have several probable cases that are under further investigation.  These patients are in home isolation while being evaluated further.  We currently have limited evidence of community spread, however investigations are ongoing into several new cases.  Contact tracer activity is ongoing. Recently, Somervell County has fared well in comparison to some of our neighbors.  Our active cases had been dropping steadily.  Unfortunately, we are on a small island surrounded by communities with obvious community wide, ongoing spread.  This will continue to impact our community.  We need to continue to do our best to take care of each other, wash/sanitize our hands, wear our masks, practice respectful social distancing and look out for the vulnerable amongst us. Please be mindful that we are all neighbors, respect the privacy of others and follow HIPAA guidelines.  It is Glen Rose Medical Center’s policy not to release any demographic or patient information due to HIPAA law. Want to know more? Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) website and Texas 2-1-1 remain the best sources of information for Somervell residents regarding COVID-19 testing and self-protection measures. DSHS updates their county-by-county tracking map daily at https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/. As a community, we will continue to experience more disease, and eventually someone in our community will become our first death from this disease.  I believe that deaths in our community from COVID-19 are going to be unavoidable.  The only way to minimize these risks, is for people to look out for the safety and well-being of each other, especially the elderly and frail in our community.  This will be inconvenient for some to do.  I ask that we all do it anyway.   I appreciate you all for your continued time and efforts in fighting this disease, none of us are in this alone.  Together we can keep our community strong, safe, and moving forward. Thank you! Steven Vacek, M.D. Glen Rose HealthCare Inc. Somervell County Local Health Authority COVID 7-21-2020...

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Press Release 7-6-2020

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PRESS RELEASE: Coronavirus COVID-19 July 6, 2020 Somervell County, Texas now has a total of 27 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 18 of our residents currently have active infections. All active cases are currently in home isolation.  We have had 9 residents recover from this illness, including two that required hospitalization.  We also have several probable cases that are under further investigation.  These patients are in home isolation while being evaluated further.  Contact tracer activity is ongoing. All test results have been reported to Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Region 2/3 office in accordance with CDC and DSHS guidelines. Every local resident should continue to follow Open Texas guidelines and make their best personal decision to protect themselves, their families, and businesses as we continue to work through this pandemic together. In my opinion, people have a choice to make.  If COVID-19 infections continue to rise at this level, the government will have no choice but to shut more Texas businesses down.  The best way to avoid a repeat shut down is for people to wear masks, practice social distancing, and aggressively wash their hands.  This means wearing masks when in public, including churches, stores, and schools.  It also means wearing masks at social gatherings if indoors, and also out of doors for larger groups, especially if not following good social distancing practices. As family and friends continue to celebrate our summertime, it is with the utmost importance that you wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines if you attend any social gathering greater than 10 people.  In our city and county, numbers are rapidly climbing, in large part due to social gatherings.  Wash your hands, use hand sanitizer. If you have had a known or potential exposure, please quarantine at home and talk to your doctor about being evaluated for COVID-19. Please be mindful that we are all neighbors, respect the privacy of others and follow HIPAA guidelines.  It is Glen Rose Medical Center’s policy not to release any demographic or patient information due to HIPAA law. Want to know more? Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) website and Texas 2-1-1 remain the best sources of information for Somervell residents regarding COVID-19 testing and self-protection measures. DSHS updates their county-by-county tracking map daily at https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/. As a community, we will continue to experience more disease, and eventually someone in our community will become our first death from this disease.  I believe that deaths in our community from COVID-19 are going to be unavoidable.  The only way to minimize these risks, is for people to look out for the safety and well-being of each other, especially the elderly and frail in our community.  This will be inconvenient for some to do.  I ask that we all do it anyway. Thank you for your continued time and efforts in fighting this disease, Steven Vacek, M.D. Glen Rose HealthCare...

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Press Release 7-2-2020

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PRESS RELEASE: Coronavirus COVID-19 July 2, 2020 Somervell County, Texas now has a total of 21 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 12 of our residents currently have active infections. We have 11 of the 12 active cases in home isolation, with 1 patient currently being hospitalized.  We have had 9 residents recover from this illness, including one that required hospitalization.  Contact tracer activity is ongoing. All test results have been reported to Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Region 2/3 office in accordance with CDC and DSHS guidelines. Every local resident should continue to follow Open Texas guidelines and make their best personal decision to protect themselves, their families, and businesses as we continue to work through this pandemic together. In my opinion, people have a choice to make.  If COVID-19 infections continue to rise at this level, the government will have no choice but to shut more Texas businesses down.  The best way to avoid a repeat shut down is for people to wear masks, practice social distancing, and aggressively wash their hands.  This means wearing masks when in public, including churches, stores, and schools.  It also means wearing masks at social gatherings if indoors, and also out of doors for larger groups, if not following good social distancing practices. Family and friends will gather this weekend to celebrate the 4th of July, it is with the utmost importance that you wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines if you attend any social gathering greater than 10 people. In our city and county, numbers are rapidly climbing, in large part due to social gatherings.  Wash your hands, use hand sanitizer. If you have had a known or potential exposure, please quarantine at home. Please be mindful that we are all neighbors, respect the privacy of others and follow HIPAA guidelines.  It is Glen Rose Medical Center’s policy not to release any demographic or patient information due to HIPAA law. Want to know more? Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) website and Texas 2-1-1 remain the best sources of information for Somervell residents regarding COVID-19 testing and self-protection measures. DSHS updates their county-by-county tracking map daily at https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/. As a community, we will continue to experience more disease, and eventually someone in our community will become our first death from this disease.  I believe that deaths in our community from COVID-19 are going to be unavoidable.  The only way to minimize these risks, is for people to look out for the safety and well-being of each other, especially the elderly and frail in our community.  This will be inconvenient for some to do.  I ask that we all do it anyway.   Thank you for your time and efforts in fighting this disease, Steven Vacek, M.D. Glen Rose HealthCare Inc. Somervell County Local Health...

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Press Release 7-1-2020

Posted by on Jul 1, 2020 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Press Release 7-1-2020

PRESS RELEASE: Coronavirus COVID-19 July 1, 2020 Somervell County, Texas has a total of 19 cases with 10 residents currently having active infections. 9 of the 10 active cases are in home isolation. 2 patients have been hospitalized, and one of them has recovered at this time.  A total of 9 patients have recovered. Tracer activity is ongoing. All test results have been reported to Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Region 2/3 office in accordance with CDC and DSHS guidelines. Every local resident should continue to follow Open Texas guidelines and make their best personal decision to protect themselves, their families, and businesses as we continue to work through this pandemic together. In my opinion people have a choice to make.  If COVID-19 infections continue to rise at this level, the government will have no choice but to shut more Texas businesses down.  The best way to avoid a shut down is for people to wear masks, and aggressively wash their hands.  This means wearing masks when in public, including churches, stores, and schools.  It also means wearing masks at social gatherings if indoors, and also out of doors for larger groups. Family and friends will gather this weekend to celebrate the 4th of July, it is with the utmost importance that you wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines. In our area numbers are rapidly climbing, in large part due to social gatherings.  Wash your hands, use hand sanitizer. If you have had a known or potential exposure, please quarantine at home. Please be mindful that we are all neighbors, respect the privacy of others and follow HIPAA guidelines.  It is Glen Rose Medical Center’s policy not to release any demographic or patient information due to HIPAA law. Want to know more? Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) website and Texas 2-1-1 remain the best sources of information for Somervell residents regarding COVID-19 testing and self-protection measures. DSHS updates their county-by-county tracking map daily at https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/. As a community, we will continue to experience more disease, and eventually someone in our community will become our first death from this disease.  The only way to minimize these risks is for people to look out for the safety and well-being of each other.  This will be inconvenient for some to do.  I ask that we do it anyway.   Thank you, Steven Vacek, M.D. Glen Rose HealthCare Inc. Somervell County Local Health...

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PRESS RELEASE 6-30-2020

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PRESS RELEASE: Coronavirus COVID-19 June 30, 2020 Somervell County, Texas has a total of 14 cases with 7 residents currently having active infections. 6 of the 7 active cases are in home isolation. 2 patients have been hospitalized, and one of them has recovered at this time.  7 patients have recovered. Tracer activity is ongoing. The positive test results have been reported to Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Region 2/3 office in accordance with CDC and DSHS guidelines. Every local resident should continue to follow Open Texas guidelines and make their best personal decision to protect themselves, their families, and businesses as we continue to work through this pandemic together. As a reminder, social gathering is becoming more of a risk due to increasing prevalence in our community. Wearing a mask is strongly recommended for all indoor activities with groups, especially if social distancing is not possible. I believe it is a matter of time before our numbers take another jump. Please note, hand sanitizer made by Eskbiochem may be contaminated by wood alcohol (methanol) and can be toxic. It is only the manufacturer that the FDA has identified as having this problem. Please be mindful that we are all neighbors, respect the privacy of others and follow the HIPAA guidelines.  It is Glen Rose Medical Center’s policy not to release any demographic or patient information due to HIPAA law. Want to know more? Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) website and Texas 2-1-1 remain the best sources of information for Somervell residents regarding COVID-19 testing and self-protection measures. DSHS updates their county-by-county tracking map daily at https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/. SOCO COVID Thank you, Steven Vacek, M.D. Glen Rose HealthCare Inc. Somervell County Local Health...

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Press Release 6-25-2020

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PRESS RELEASE: Coronavirus COVID-19 June 25, 2020 Somervell County, Texas has a total of 13 cases with 10 residents currently having active infections. 9 of the 13 are in home isolation. One has been hospitalized. Tracer activity is ongoing. The positive test results have been reported to Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Region 2/3 office in accordance with CDC and DSHS guidelines. Every local resident should continue to follow Open Texas guidelines and make their best personal decision to protect themselves, their families, and businesses as we continue to work through this pandemic together. As a reminder, social gathering is becoming more of a risk due to increasing prevalence in our community. Wearing a mask is strongly recommended for all indoor activities with groups, especially if social distancing is not possible. I believe it is a matter of time before our numbers take another jump. Please note, hand sanitizer made by Eskbiochem may be contaminated by wood alcohol (methanol) and can be toxic. It is only the manufacturer that the FDA has identified as having this problem. Please be mindful that we are all neighbors, respect the privacy of others and follow the HIPAA guidelines.  It is Glen Rose Medical Center’s policy not to release any demographic or patient information due to HIPAA law. Want to know more? Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) website and Texas 2-1-1 remain the best sources of information for Somervell residents regarding COVID-19 testing and self-protection measures. DSHS updates their county-by-county tracking map daily at https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/. Thank you, Steven Vacek, M.D. Glen Rose HealthCare Inc. Somervell County Local Health...

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Press Release 6-20-2020

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PRESS RELEASE: Coronavirus COVID-19 June 20, 2020 Somervell County, Texas has 3 new confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, 8 total cases with 6 residents currently having active infections.  5 of the 6 are in home isolation. One has been hospitalized. Tracer activity is ongoing. There is no evidence of sustained community spread at this time. The positive test results have been reported to Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Region 2/3 office in accordance with CDC and DSHS guidelines. Every local resident should continue to follow Open Texas guidelines and make their best personal decision to protect themselves, their families, and businesses as we continue to work through this pandemic together. I support Open Texas, but I believe we remain at Substantial Risk of COVID-19 transmission.  We have seen persistently high numbers and percentages of new positive cases documented in other North Texas counties over the past week. Transmission continues at peak levels across the country as communities leave isolation. Once cases demonstrate sustained decline across North Texas, our local risk of transmission will decrease. When in large groups, especially indoors, masks are strongly recommended. Please be mindful that we are all neighbors, respect the privacy of others and follow the HIPAA guidelines.  It is Glen Rose Medical Center’s policy not to release any demographic or patient information due to HIPAA law.   Want to know more? Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) website and Texas 2-1-1 remain the best sources of information for Somervell residents regarding COVID-19 testing and self-protection measures. DSHS updates their county-by-county tracking map daily at...

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