Delta County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) announced in a press release today effective immediately it will no longer facilitate the COVID-19 Testing and Collection Site. This difficult decision comes after a guideline update from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).
As of March 19, there are no positive cases of coronavirus, COVID-19, in Delta County that the health department is aware of, according to the Delta County Health Department.
“We will be limiting our testing to high-risk, hospitalized inpatients, essential and symptomatic healthcare workers and individuals on a case-by-case basis,” said Jody Roeber, chief clinical officer for DCMH, in the statement.
“Delta County residents should contact their primary care providers and get instructions about what to do if they think they have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19,” Roeber continued. “Decisions about residents’ best course of action will have to do with the nature of your symptoms and your underlying medical conditions if any.”
“COVID-19 testing isn’t a treatment, it’s a tool for us to understand and track the spread of the virus.” said Roeber. “We will continue screening everyone when they come into the Hospital and at all Hospital Clinics.”
If residents experience severe symptoms such as shortness of breath or low oxygen, call 911 or go to the emergency room. If residents drive to the emergency room (ER), they should stay in their car on arrival and call the ER at 970-874-2221; let the staff know that the COVID-19 virus is the concern so that they can take appropriate precautions.
Delta County is continuing with the call center for residents to obtain information, resources and to get their questions answered. It is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and can be reached at 970-874-2172.
Additional resources can be found by calling the Colorado State Health Department at 303-389-1587or 877-462-2911 and by emailing questions to COHELP@RMPDC.org. The CDPHE updates its website with information at covid19.colorado.gov. The DCMH website is also updated regularly with resources and information for residents at deltahospital.org under the Novel Coronavirus blue tab. Residents can also follow updates on the DCMH Facebook Page.
“We remain dedicated to ensuring the health and safety of our patients, visitors, community and staff,” said Roeber. “We will continue to work together with Delta County and the Public Health Department to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will remain a resource for the Delta community.”