CRH staff members test positive for COVID-19

By Allison Flores 

The Cuero Record 

Held via conference call, Cuero Regional Hospital Board of Directors held their monthly meeting on Thursday, June 25. 

CEO Lynn Falcone addressed the Board during her reports, stating that Cuero Regional Hospital staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. 

“We have had a couple of staff members test positive,” said Falcone. “They are safe and at home–they had not been at work as they had been out because they were not feeling well. We’ve also just gone–effective today [Thursday, June 25]–to 100% masking anytime you are in the facility. Effective tomorrow, we’ve also changed to a no-visitor policy unless there is a special circumstance. That will apply to the hospital outpatient visits, as well as all of our clinics. We are asking [patients] not to bring someone with them unless they need special assistance.” 

The hospital has tested over 260 patients for COVID-19, as Falcone mentioned; DeWitt County has a total of 50 confirmed cases as of Friday, June 25 with 22 active cases. 

 During the discussion related to the revised Capital Risk document, Falcone addressed COVID-19 and the possible addition of a separate unit outside of the intensive care unit; to do this, Falcone stated that architectural and plumbing work would have to be done. “We are working and would like to get the facility committee together to revisit our architectural plan–we are still working on a couple of details there.” 

Moving along the agenda, the Board approved the Human Resources Annual Report, along with delaying the Annual Audit Report and Board Education until members can meet in person. 

An extension of the Indigent Care Program was approved for $50,000, bringing the total budget to $150,000, by the Board which will work to offer hospital visits for patients part of the program for the end of the year through September. 

Charles Papacek was designated to continue as the representative to Golden Crescent Economic Development District. 

The Board approved the following capital expenditure requests: a request for CAPRS (Controlled Air Purified Respirators) for $30,112 which are to be used in the COVID-19 unit, a request for high flow nasal cannula which would benefit COVID-19 patients for a total of $11,994, a request for a telemetry system totaling $169,651, and a request for IT servers/network/backup solutions for $273,420. 

Before concluding, the Board approved a resolution regarding the Perinatal Program Plan for Maternal Designation which will work to offer further follow up post-discharge for families. 

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