The Odessa Record -

By Emmett C. Schuster
Odessa Memorial Healthcare Center 

Hospital chief provides coronavirus update


Last updated 7/2/2020 at 12:06am

ODESSA – Odessa Memorial Healthcare Center’s administration and staff want to thank all of the area residents who have provided masks, food, visits and well wishes during this COVID-19 Pandemic. We are fortunate to have such a supporting and engaged community to work with and for during these trying times.

OMHC has worked hard to meet the governor’s expectations in protective equipment, staff safety and texting capability. The County Health Department and our staff talk weekly to ensure they know the status of our patients and residents. The County Health Department is our conduit for requesting actions supported by the state. We were one of the first five counties to move to Stage 2. We were part of the first six to move to Stage 3. We are prepared to move to Stage 4 if given the opportunity. Lincoln County residents are doing very well compared to the remaining pandemic counties, but we are not done with the restrictions.

Counties around us, where we shop and work, have increasing COVID-19 positives and hospital patients. Please wear a mask in public to protect others and reduce your ability to be infected by COVID-19. You don’t want to be the one who infected anyone, nor do I.

We have had community support through masks, both cloth and manufactured. Several young adults from the high school played instruments in our back yards. We had many of the graduating high school young adults come into our hospital’s back yard to wave to our patients/residents and then get back into their cars to parade around our assisted living facility. What a great statement about our future leaders of the community!

This has been and will continue to be a rough road to a new normal. We are tired of the isolation, just like you. Our senior population is the most vulnerable and the most isolated. We are following the guidelines outlined by the governor and other senior healthcare officials of the State Department of Health. It is hard on us to keep within the guidelines, but that is our expectation.

We are planning risk reduction actions that may provide some relief to our residents. Risk reduction/mitigation is key to allowing somewhat of a visitation event. We will put in place a process soon to allow physical visitation. There will still be masks, six-foot distancing and no-hugging requirements. It will only take one contact to place us back into isolation. Please look forward to the coming process discussion. We are looking forward to seeing you.

If you have a group that would like to share songs/stories or other ideas, please feel free to contact Mallarie Haase, our activities director at the hospital. We may not be able to accommodate all of the ideas but would love to hear them.


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