Hospitals Prepare for Influx of COVID-19 Patients

In an effort to prepare for an increase of COVID-19 patients, hospitals are limiting visitors, postponing elective surgeries and adding temporary structures for more screening

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Hospitals across the Dallas-Fort Worth area are gearing up for a surge of patients as the number of COVID-19 cases climb daily.

Tuesday afternoon Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) told hospital leaders during a video conference that there have been 64 confirmed cases in the state, with one confirmed death in Matagorda County.

Hospitals have implemented their own restrictions when it comes to who enters the building based on age and current health condition.

Most of them are only allowing one point of entry, so people who enter can be screened.

  • Baylor Scott & White: Patients are only allowed two visitors; the hospitals have temporarily suspended entry to those under 16 years old; waiting rooms are closed to large group.
  • Medical City Healthcare: Patients are only allowed one visitor; People under 16 years old are asked not to visit; Those experiencing respiratory symptoms like fever, cough and shortness of breath are asked not to visit; Same for visitors who may have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19.
  • Parkland: Patients can only have one visitor; People will be screened at the entrance of the facility.
  • UT Southwestern said it would postpone elective surgeries and reschedule them through April 10. Non-urgent office visits and checkups will be rescheduled for after June 1.

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