By Jacque Davis

To our patients and community members:

As many of you may know, the COVID-19 cases around the state continue to rise as well as within our community. While this was not unexpected, Delta County Memorial Hospital(DCMH) along with other local agencies is taking this seriously and is continuing to take the necessary steps to keep our patients, colleagues and community members safe.

Now, we are asking our Western Slope family to continue doing their part — and even a little bit more now — to control the spread of this virus. By now you know the 3 W’s: Wear your mask, Wash your hands and Watch your distance until it’s safer to see other people.

But did you know that your hospital system also has 3 S’s? The 3 S’s stand for Space, Supplies and Staff. Space refers to the bed capacity at your local hospital and around the state of Colorado, and supplies refers to the supplies needed to keep our staff and patients safe. Staff refers to keeping our staff safe overall as we move into this new wave of cases and hospitalizations in Colorado.

In normal years, fall is always a busy time for hospitals. Now, with COVID-19 patients along with other seasonal-related illnesses/injuries, many hospitals are busier than ever. We also know that with flu season coming, it is imperative that we help slow the growth of hospitalizations now.

This is a critical time where Coloradans can help to flatten the curve. You did it earlier this year, and hospitals and healthcare workers need your help to do it again. We can all do our part to help control community spread and to help protect the health of our workforce.

We are closely following the developments and continue to make necessary changes to our hospital and clinics’ functions as the situation requires. We have recently updated our Visitation Policy and have additional COVID information which can be found at deltahospital.org/covid.

As we move forward, we will continue to work together with local agencies to ensure that we are providing the optimum level of care, and we remain dedicated to providing you with the care that you need and deserve.

We know that each of you has been impacted differently at home and work, but as we manage through the coming months, please know that we are all in this together and that together we can help protect our communities.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or have been exposed to an individual who has tested positive, contact your primary care physician or Delta County Health Department at 970-874-2172 to make an appointment to be tested, and please adhere to the quarantine and isolation guidelines that can be at covid19.colorado.gov/are-you-sick/isolation-and-quarantine.

For additional information on Delta County’s COVID-19 guidelines, as well as the dashboard, visit deltacounty.com/688/Coronavirus-19-COVID-19. You can also visit Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s COVID-19 resource page at covid19.colorado.gov/.

Thank you for your commitment to our communities and our hospital! We are extremely thankful to each of you and are confident that we will emerge from this challenge — together — with an even greater appreciation of our strength and connectedness as a community.

Yours in Health,

Jacque Davis, MHA, is the director of marketing/communications/public relations and public information officer for Delta County Memorial Hospital.

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