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    • 03 APR 20

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update from Artesia General Hospital

    last updated April 1, 2020

    If you think you have COVID-19, call the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) at 1-855-600-3453. If NMDOH refers you to the hospital for testing, please call 575-736-8324 or text 575-222-8967. Someone will walk you through the process and next steps.


    April 2, 2020

    In our most recent efforts to address the current COVID-19 crisis, this week Artesia General Hospital will open a new Urgent Care Center, which will be located in Professional Building 1—the professional building nearest to and just south of the hospital. This Urgent Care Center will allow more healthcare resources to be immediately available to the community as we deal with the impacts of the coronavirus on our area.

    Artesia General Hospital prepared for the arrival of COVID-19 by developing a multi-stage plan geared to address the community needs as this crisis unfolds. The first phases of the plan were put in place two weeks ago, before there were any known cases in Eddy County. As events surrounding COVID-19 play out, we are ready to respond to evolving needs.

    Some early and more obvious changes have already taken place, including limited access points to the hospital. The general public must enter via the main entrance, Emergency Room and Memorial Family Practice only. Moving through the hospital, some areas that were ordinarily open are now restricted. All hospital employees are now wearing masks, including those who do not work in clinical areas. In addition, temperature checks on employees are done once a day; and for some employees at higher risk, twice a shift.

    New signs have been posted at each entry door indicating what to do if you think you have COVID-19, or if you have been to an area that is COVID-19 hotspot.

    Patients and visitors arriving at Artesia General Hospital will soon notice changes in the usual traffic pattern as well, including barriers placed to direct the flow of vehicles. This is in preparation for a surge of COVID-19 cases, so people get used to it ahead of time. We have to be ready and prepared.

    Elective procedures and office visits have been canceled, and only essential medical visits and surgeries are currently permitted. If you think you need to see your doctor, please call your provider’s office. If you do need to be seen, you will be given instructions that include waiting in your vehicle until your provider can see you.

    Every person is important in controlling the spread. Do your best to avoid being exposed. Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds, using soap and water. Practice social distancing by staying home as much as possible. If you’re sick, stay home.

    If you think you might have COVID-19, please call the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) hotline at 1.855.600.3453.


    30 de marzo de 2020

    En nuestros esfuerzos más recientes para abordar la actual crisis COVID-19, esta semana el Hospital General de Artesia abrirá esta semana un nuevo centro de atención urgente, que se ubicará en el Edificio Profesional 1, el edificio profesional más cercano y justo al sur del hospital. Este centro de atención urgente permitirá que más recursos sanitarios estén inmediatamente disponibles para la comunidad a medida que libamos con los impactos del coronavirus en nuestra área.

    El Hospital General de Artesia se preparó para la llegada de COVID-19 mediante el desarrollo de un plan multietapa orientado a atender las necesidades de la comunidad a medida que se desarrolla esta crisis. Las primeras fases del plan se pusieron en marcha hace dos semanas, antes de que se conocieran casos en el condado de Eddy. A medida que se desarrollan los eventos que rodean a COVID-19, estamos listos para responder a las necesidades cambiantes.

    Ya se han producido algunos cambios tempranos y más evidentes, incluidos los puntos de acceso limitados al hospital. El público en general debe entrar a través de la entrada principal, la sala de emergencias y la práctica familiar conmemorativa solamente. Pasando por el hospital, algunas áreas que normalmente estaban abiertas ahora están restringidas. Todos los empleados del hospital ahora usan máscaras, incluyendo aquellos que no trabajan en áreas clínicas. Además, los controles de temperatura de los empleados se realizan una vez al día, y para algunos empleados con mayor riesgo, dos veces por turno.

    Se han publicado nuevos letreros en cada puerta de entrada indicando qué hacer si crees que tienes CV19 o si has estado en un área que es CV19 hotspot.

    Los pacientes y visitantes que lleguen a AGH pronto notarán cambios en el patrón de tráfico habitual, incluyendo barreras colocadas para dirigir el flujo de vehículos. Esto está en preparación para una oleada de casos CV19, por lo que la gente se acostumbra antes de tiempo. Tenemos que estar preparados y preparados.

    Los procedimientos electivos y las visitas al consultorio han sido cancelados, y actualmente solo se permiten visitas médicas y cirugías esenciales. Si cree que necesita ver a su médico, llame al consultorio de su proveedor. Si necesita ser visto, se le darán instrucciones que incluyen esperar en su vehículo hasta que el médico pueda verlo.
    Cada persona es importante para controlar el diferencial. Haga todo lo posible para evitar ser expuesto. Lávese las manos a menudo durante al menos 20 segundos con agua y jabón. Practique el distanciamiento social permaneciendo en casa tanto como sea posible. Si estás enfermo, quédate en casa.

    Si cree que podría tener COVID-19, llame a la línea directa del Departamento de Salud de Nuevo México al 1.855.600.3453.


    March 30, 2020

    On behalf of Artesia and Carlsbad Health Care communities, we would like to thank the public for their work on social distancing. We have observed social distancing throughout Eddy County… but the work is NOT DONE!

    We need to double down in our efforts to contain the coronavirus.

    We are NOWHERE NEAR the anticipated spike in virus activity IN OUR STATE.

    A recent study by the University of Washington has projections for evolution of coronavirus cases in New Mexico. The following are figures projected for New Mexico:

    • Peak (SEVERE ILLNESS) “hospital resource use” will be April 25th
    • By April 15th, they anticipate we will see more than 10 deaths per day in New Mexico
    • By peak activity, we will see more than 15 deaths per day throughout the state
    • Anticipated overall New Mexico deaths are GREATER THAN 500!

    At a time when we have just recently recorded the first death within Eddy County, we would like nothing more than to prove the projected figures wrong by contributing to the safety of ALL community members, YOUNG & OLD. We again ask that everyone PLEASE self-isolate when possible. Continue social distancing when absolutely necessary to be out of your home, and WASH YOUR HANDS PLEASE!!

    On behalf of Artesia General Hospital Staff,

    Your Friends,


    Marshall Baca, Jr., DO
    COVID-19 Incident Commander &
    Emergency Medicine Director

    Joe Salgado, MD
    Chief of Staff
    Memorial Family Clinic

    Marshall G. Baca, MD
    Vice Chief of Staff
    Orthopedics

     


    30 de marzo de 2020

    En nombre de las comunidades de Artesia y Carlsbad Health Care, nos gustaría dar las gracias al público por su trabajo en el distanciamiento social. Hemos observado el distanciamiento social en todo el condado de Eddy…pero el trabajo NO es HECHO!

    Tenemos que doblar en nuestros esfuerzos por contener el coronavirus.

    NO ESTAMOS CERCA DEL pico anticipado de la actividad del virus EN NUESTRO ESTADO.

    Un estudio reciente de la Universidad de Washington tiene proyecciones para la evolución de los casos de coronavirus en Nuevo México. Las siguientes son cifras proyectadas para Nuevo México:

    • Peak (SEVERE ILLNESS) “uso de recursos hospitalarios” 25 de abril
    • Para el 15 de abril, anticipan que veremos más de 10 muertes por día en Nuevo México
    • Por actividad máxima, veremos más de 15 muertes por día en todo el estado
    • ¡Se prevé que las muertes generales de Nuevo México SEAN MAYORES DE 500!

    En un momento en que acabamos de registrar la primera muerte dentro del condado de Eddy, no nos gustaría nada más que probar que las cifras proyectadas son erróneas al contribuir a la seguridad de TODOS los miembros de la comunidad, YOUNG & OLD. Volvemos a pedir que todos se esten en su casa todo lo mas posible. Continúe el distanciamiento social cuando sea absolutamente necesario para estar fuera de su casa, y LAVAR SUS MANOS POR FAVOR!!

    En nombre del Personal del Hospital General de Artesia,

    Su Amigos,


    Marshall Baca, Jr., DO
    COVID-19 Incident Commander &
    Emergency Medicine Director

    Joe Salgado, MD
    Chief of Staff
    Memorial Family Clinic

    Marshall G. Baca, MD
    Vice Chief of Staff
    Orthopedics

    March 27, 2020

    Eddy County has received a second positive test result for COVID-19, according to officials with the New Mexico Department of Health.

    Eddy County officials received confirmation of the positive test results early Friday morning. The patient, whose name is not being released, was tested at Artesia General Hospital and is currently being quarantined.

    Statewide, the number of confirmed cases has risen to 191 as of Friday afternoon, including the two in Eddy County.

    Leadership at Artesia General Hospital anticipated the arrival of the virus and has implemented a comprehensive, multi-level plan to meet the challenges presented by COVID-19. This phased plan is aimed at properly caring for all
    patients, including those who might have COVID-19; protecting patients and caregivers; and actively preventing the spread of the virus.

    The community is asked to do their part. Artesia residents are urged to continue following the public health orders of the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH), as well as CDC guidelines: wash your hands often, use social distancing, stay home if you’re sick, and cover coughs and sneezes.

    If you are experiencing respiratory symptoms and think you may have contracted coronavirus, please call the NMDOH Coronavirus Hotline for screening: 1.855.600.3453. If you are having trouble breathing, please go the emergency room.


    March 25, 2020

    It is with great sorrow that we have to announce the death of an Artesia resident on Monday as a result of COVID-19. The patient was admitted to Artesia General Hospital on Sunday, March 22, presenting symptoms of the virus. He was tested and his results were expedited, which came back positive this morning from the New Mexico Department of Health.

    Many of us share the family’s grief; and on behalf of Artesia General Hospital, we would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the patient’s family.

    We are conducting ongoing tests and awaiting results, but at this time we have not received any additional positives. It is important to note that it can take up to seven days to receive test results, so additional positive results are possible. We continue to work diligently with the New Mexico Department of Health to release pertinent information to the community.

    Leadership at Artesia General Hospital anticipated the arrival of the virus and has implemented a comprehensive, multi-level plan to meet the challenges presented by COVID-19. This phased plan is aimed at properly caring for all patients, including those who might have COVID-19; protecting patients and caregivers; and actively preventing the spread of the virus.

    The community is asked to do their part. Artesia citizens are urged to continue following the public health orders of the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH), as well as CDC guidelines: wash your hands often, use social distancing, stay home if you’re sick, and cover coughs and sneezes.

    If you are experiencing respiratory symptoms and think you may have contracted coronavirus, please call the NMDOH Coronavirus Hotline for screening: 1.855.600.3453. If you are having trouble breathing, please go the emergency room.

    Take care of yourselves and each other,

    Artesia General Hospital


    March 16, 2020

    With things moving so quickly, and anxieties in our area increased, I wanted to take a moment to update you on the latest regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our region. Along with countless members of the medical community in Artesia and across the nation, we are working tirelessly to stay updated with evolving recommendations to help slow the spread of this virus.

    First, please continue to visit the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) website, cv.nmhealth.org, for the most up-to-date information and guidelines to avoid the COVID-19 outbreak.

    Second, below are current procedures in place at Artesia General Hospital to protect our patients, community and staff:

    • Visitor Restrictions: Access to the hospital is currently limited to employees only, and those who are critically ill. To prevent the unnecessary spread of COVID-19, we are limiting visitors to the hospital to one visitor per patient, and only if assistance is needed.
    • Routine Visits Postponed: Elective surgeries and routine visits are currently postponed to protect staff and patients; you will be contacted by your provider’s office to reschedule.
    • Outpatient Clinics: Outpatient clinics are continuing to see patients on an urgent basis only, but are utilizing electronic means of communication with patients for non-urgent appointments.
    • Enter Through the Emergency Department: It is important that we are able to limit and control the number of people coming into the hospital; so for the time being, we will only use one entrance at the Emergency Department. Hospital staff and unarmed security guards will greet patients and visitors there, and provide direction on where to go for their appointment as needed.
    • Employee Safety: All staff and employees wear masks, and are educated daily on proper PPE (personal protective equipment) usage. We are closely monitoring employees who have traveled out of the state or country.
    • Social Distancing: In accordance with recommendations from the NMDOH, we are asking everyone in our community to practice social distancing and other common sense hygiene practices. This is the best way to help slow down the spread of this highly contagious virus in an attempt to “flatten the curve” and protect the vulnerable among us.
    • Hand Washing: Continue to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to reduce the spread of the disease. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

    Our team at Artesia General Hospital is doing what we can to protect the safety of our staff, community and visitors. Board-certified emergency medical director, Marshall Baca, Jr., DO, is leading emergency preparedness efforts; his team follows the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the NMDOH to monitor the situation daily.

    We will continue to provide updates via email and our website as the situation develops. Please continue to check cv.nmhealth.org for the latest information and guidelines about COVID-19 and its impact and spread in our state.