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Information for You and Your Family

Comanche County Memorial Hospital remains committed to serving our community’s needs while keeping our patients, staff and visitors safe during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

COVID-19 Resource Center

Use the resources on this page to help you and your loved ones stay informed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Hospital Visitor Restrictions

No Visitors will be allowed for In-Patient Acute Care.  We plan to continue this for two weeks and then re-evaluate the situation.  OB visitation will be limited to one and end of life support will be as needed on a per case basis.

These new restrictions on patient visitation are in place to protect our patients, their families, and our CCMH healthcare providers and staff, and to mitigate the potential transmission of COVID-19.

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Staying Safe

The best thing you can do to protect yourself and others from coronavirus is to stay home as much as possible and practice social distancing.

Unfortunately, that is not possible for everyone. Here are some tips to help keep you and your family safe:

  • Increase ventilation (adjust air conditioning or open windows)
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Coughs or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow
  • Clean hands regularly
  • Disinfect surfaces regularly that are touched often: light switches, doorknobs, tables, handrails, etc.

If you live with someone with significant underlying conditions include heart, lung, kidney disease; diabetes; as well as conditions that suppress the immune system:

  • Have healthy people in the household conduct themselves as if they were a significant risk to others.
  • Wash hands before interacting with the person.
  • Provide a protected space for vulnerable household members when possible.
  • Clean all utensils and surfaces regularly.

Households with sick family members

  • Have only one family member care for them.
  • Give sick members their own room if possible, and keep the door shut.
  • Consider additional protection or intensive care for household members over 65 years old and/or with underlying conditions.

Keeping the workplace safe

  • Stop handshaking and use other non-contact methods of greeting.
  • Practice good hygiene.
  • Clean hands at the door.
  • Schedule hand washing reminders by email.
  • Create habits and reminders to avoid touching faces.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Be careful with meetings and travel.
  • Disinfect surfaces regularly.
  • Increase ventilation.
  • Handle food carefully and limit food sharing.
  • Use video conferencing for meetings. When not possible, hold meetings in open, well-ventilated spaces.
  • Postpone large meetings or gatherings when possible.
  • Strengthen health screening for cafeteria staff.

Encourage employees to stay home if:

  • They have a sick family member in their home.
  • They are feeling sick.

Information obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov.

How to stay safe for wound care patients

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If you are well, avoid or reduce contact with others and follow the CDC guidelines listed above.

If infected, most people will not need to visit a doctor or an ER for care. Only come to the ER if you have difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion or inability to arouse, and bluish lips or face.

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Call for Advice

The state department of health has set up a hotline for information regarding COVID-19. If you have concerns or think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, call 877-215-8336. You can also call your primary care doctor or use a telehealth service to reduce exposure.

For more information and the latest updates on COVID-19, you can visit coronavirus.health.ok.gov and www.cdc.gov.

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Care Options

Televisits Available

Memorial Medical Group is excited to announce that we are now able to offer televisits. Your provider may be contacting you to reschedule your appointment to be done via telemedicine if medically appropriate. These visits can be done from your home computer with a webcam, or from our HEALOW App on your cell phone or tablet. When your appointment is changed to a televisit, you will receive an email with instructions on how to join your visit all from the comfort of your home.

To access your televisit, download the free HEALOW app for iOS or Android, and search for our practice using the unique code: AJEDBA

Login with your portal credentials given by our practice

 

Text Alerts for Clinic Visits

Patients can now send a text message to a specific phone number that will be listed on each clinic’s door that they have arrived for their appointment. The clinic will acknowledge the patient and tell them to wait in their car until they get a text for them to come in. Each clinic will be calling and letting patients with upcoming appointments know that this texting capability is available.

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News

Updated 11/20/2020

ABC News Report

Click below to watch ABC News report on the increase of COVID-19 numbers and growing concern for space here at Comanche County Memorial Hospital and across the nation.

Updated 11/2/2020

COMANCHE COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IMPLEMENTS “NO VISITATION” POLICY 

Starting Tuesday, November 3, CCMH will be limiting visitation again for the safety of our patients, team members and community.  No Visitors will be allowed for In-Patient Acute Care.  We plan to continue this for two weeks and then re-evaluate the situation.  OB visitation will be limited to one and end of life support will be as needed on a per case basis.

Comanche County Memorial Hospital health officials made these difficult decisions due to the increase of COVID cases we are experiencing along with other health care organizations in the region.  We currently have 35 COVID patients at CCMH.

Since January, Comanche County Memorial Hospital has been working diligently to take precautionary measures for the COVID-19 pandemic.  We continue to work with the Comanche County Health Department; follow the CDC guidelines and use best practices to protect our patients, team members and community.

Again, NO visitors are permitted in the hospital with very few exceptions such as end-of-life situations, labor & delivery and pediatric patients.  These visitors must be screened at the hospital front lobby.  Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or higher will not be allowed into the facility.  All CCMH employees are being screened prior to their shift as well.

If you have general questions about coronavirus please call the Oklahoma State Department of Health call center hotline at 1-877-215-8336.

If you have minor symptoms please call your primary care provider. (If you do not have a primary care provider you can call our provider referral line at 510-7030.)

If you are experiencing shortness of breath, respiratory conditions or fever please call the Emergency Department ahead of time to let them know you are on your way.

Here are steps you can take to protect your health and the health of those around you:

  • Wear a mask while in public.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Practice social distancing.
  • Stay home and away from others if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.

 

Updated 6-10-20

CCMH TO HOLD COMMUNITY COVID-19 ANTIBODY TESTING

Thursday, June 25th

7 am – 5 pm, by appointment only

Comanche County Memorial Hospital
Outpatient Center Resource Room

110 NW 31st Street • Lawton OK

call 580.585.5406 to RSVP

$30, no fasting blood draw

Temperature screening at entrance
Please use Outpatient Center entrance

 

FAQ about the SARS-COV-2 Antibody Test

1. What is this test for? 

This test is for the detection of Total Antibodies to COVID-19. Antibodies are what your body makes to fight off infection when you’re sick. Antibodies most commonly become detectable 1-3 weeks after symptom onset.

2. Why should I get this test?

There are still a lot of unknowns about COVID-19. With your help we can better understand how far COVID-19 has spread in our community. In addition, it will give you peace of mind to have a result that tells you with a great degree of confidence if you’ve had the virus.

3. What kind of sample do I have to give?

It is a simple blood draw.

4. What does this test tell me?

This test tells you if you have had a recent or past infection with the virus that causes COVID-19.

5. How reliable is this test? 

This test is one of the most heavily researched tests on the market. It will detect antibodies to COVID-19 with 99.8% specificity, meaning cross-reactivity with other common viruses is very low. (0.2%)

6. What do I do if I’m positive?

If you’re positive, it is very likely that you recently had COVID-19 with or without symptoms:

  1. If Asymptomatic: You have a low likelihood of active infection and should follow general recommendations (Social distancing, hand washing, etc) to prevent infection with SARS-CoV-2 and otherwise continue with normal activities, including work.
  2. If Symptomatic: If you have or think you might have COVID-19, it is important to stay home and away from other people. Staying away from others helps stop the spread of COVID-19. Persons who have had a COVID-19-compatible or confirmed illness should follow the CDC’s previous guidance regarding resumption of normal activities, including work. If you have had symptoms, you can discontinue isolation when:
    • 3 days with no fever and
    • Symptoms improved and
    • 10 days since symptoms first appeared

IMPORTANT: It is still unknown if a positive test result gives you immunity to future infection! 

Evidence suggests that infectiousness likely is greatly decreased and that some degree of immunity from future infection has developed. However, additional data are needed before modifying public health recommendations. For more information follow up with your Primary Care Physician or visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/lab/resources/antibody-tests-guidelines.html

7. What do I do if I’m negative?

If you are negative, you likely have not had the COVID-19 virus. However, if you were infected recently (within the last 14 days) you may not have developed antibodies yet, and could become positive later. Continue using safety guidelines for social distancing, hand washing, and monitoring your health.

8. How do I find out what my results are?

We will mail results to you within 7 business days.

 

Updated 5-19-2020

COMANCHE COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL LIFTS SOME VISITATION RESTRICTIONS

 CCMH will now allow one patient advocate per patient within the hospital for the duration of a patient’s stay. The new visitation policy goes into effect today.  In the updated Open Up and Recover Safely Plan the Governor has allowed hospitals to begin to slowly open back up for visitation. Visiting hours at the hospital are 8am to 8pm.

All visitors are screened at the hospital front lobby for temperature, those with a 100.4 or higher will not be allowed in. CCMH continues to screen all employees prior to their shift for temperatures. We are asking individuals who may be sick, experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, or sore throat, to not visit the hospital unless they’re seeking medical treatment. No visitors under 18 will be allowed.

The COVID unit visitation policy is still the same- no visitors unless end of life situation and family signs consent.

During COVID-19, we adopted additional safety measures aimed at preserving the health and well-being of everyone who enters our doors. We still require all patients, visitors and staff to wear masks at all times while in the facility or clinics; practice social distancing; continue good hand hygiene and participate in daily health screenings before entering the facility or clinics.

This is a temporary inconvenience, but these restrictions are in place to protect our patients, their families and all of our healthcare professionals and to help slow the potential transmission of COVID-19. We are following guidelines and best practices issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Our Dining room in the cafeteria will remain closed at this time along with waiting rooms in public areas of the hospital.

We’ve been preparing for the pandemic since January. Incident Command was established in February to maintain clear communication and processes and we are adhering to CDC and Oklahoma State Department of Health guidelines and recommendations. We work closely with the Comanche County Health Department as we diagnose positive cases and report any deaths related to COVID-19.

All patients who are triaged through the Drewry Family Emergency Department are separated according to symptoms. Patients who are admitted to the hospital with a diagnosis or suspicion of COVID-19 receive care in an isolated unit. CCMH has two Board Certified Infection Preventionists on staff; one is a Registered Nurse and the other is an Epidemiologist. Their expertise and knowledge is utilized to help form policies and safest practices.

Testing for COVID-19 has been limited in the past, but is becoming more widely accessible through a number of different avenues. CCMH provides in-house testing for patients needing admission to the hospital.  We also provide antibody testing. Prior to an elective procedure or surgery, the patient will be tested for COVID-19 to ensure the safest possible outcome for both patient and staff.

CCMH outpatient services and clinic appointments have remained open this entire time.  We also offer telehealth visits for the Memorial Medical Group providers (MMG) and Lawton Community Health Clinics (LCHC).  We recently resumed providing elective surgeries and procedures.

 

 

Updated 5-11-2020

We have begun testing all patients who are admitted through the Emergency Department, in addition to continuing to test all pre-operative patients and mothers who will be delivering soon. This, coupled with providing all staff and patients with a mask to wear while in the building, will further help keep staff and other patients safe. Additionally, testing is now more widely available than ever before. Those wanting to be tested can find a testing site near them at https://coronavirus.health.ok.gov/testing-sites .

 

Updated 4-21-2020

News Media Contact:

Nicole Jolly, Marketing Director

CCMH Public Information Officer

(580) 585-5406

Nicole.Jolly@ccmhhealth.com

 

COMANCHE COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL REPORTS FIRST COVID-19 RELATED DEATH IN COMANCHE COUNTY

(LAWTON, OK) CCMH healthcare officials are reporting two deaths related to COVID-19.  A male passed away on April 20 in the morning from Comanche County and a female passed away this morning on April 21 from Cotton County.  Both were in the age range of 65 and older.  CCMH currently has six COVID-19 patients in the hospital COVID ICU unit.

Protection of our staff and patients remains our top priority.  We have mandated that all employees must wear a mask during all patient encounters.  This is to protect our staff from potential exposure to patients who may have coronavirus but are not displaying acute symptoms.

Since January, Comanche County Memorial Hospital has been working diligently to take precautionary measures for the COVID-19 pandemic.  We continue to work with the Comanche County Health Department; follow the CDC guidelines and use best practices to protect our patients, staff and community.

As a reminder, NO visitors are permitted in the hospital with very few exceptions such as end-of-life situations, labor & delivery and pediatric patients.  All visitors must be screened at the hospital front lobby.  Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or higher will not be allowed into the facility.  All CCMH employees are being screened prior to their shift as well.

If you have general questions about coronavirus please call the Oklahoma State Department of Health call center hotline at 1-877-215-8336.

If you have minor symptoms please call your primary care provider. (If you do not have a primary care provider you can call our provider referral line at 510-7030.)

If you are experiencing shortness of breath, respiratory conditions or fever please call the Emergency Department a head of time to let them know you are on your way.

Here are steps you can take to protect your health and the health of those around you:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Practice social distancing.
  • Stay home and away from others if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.

 

 

Additional safety measures in place to protect our patients and staff for outpatient appointments and services.

CCMH has made additional screening process changes for patients coming into the Outpatient Center or Tomlinson Medical Complex entrances for scheduled appointments and services for everyone’s safety.  We are asking patients to drive up to either designated entrances to meet with our initial greeters.  The greeter will do a general well check on the patient who has a clinic, lab, radiology or outpatient therapy visit.  Other visitors will need to stay in the vehicle once parked until the patient’s appointment is finished.  Each individual will be given an entry pass, either pink or blue depending on if they’re needing assistance to come into the facility and then their temperature will be taken.  The benefits of this screening process is to allow an opportunity for customer service right at the entry point and it helps to regulate unnecessary entry into the facility.  We are taking these precautionary measures for the safety of our patients and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

 

Release Date:

March 30, 2020

 

 

COMANCHE COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL RECEIVES

ADDITIONAL POSITIVE TEST RESULTS TO INCLUDE

FIRST CCMH EMPLOYEE TESTING POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

 

 

(LAWTON, OK) CCMH healthcare officials received COVID-19 test results back over the weekend to bring the total number to 10 of patients who have tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) through CCMH testing protocols.  Six of those positives where tested through the hospital and four tested positive through our Assessment drive-through clinic.  Three of the hospital tested patients remain as inpatients in our COVID-19 unit in isolation receiving care.  We are also waiting on 23 patients’ test results who have also been admitted to our COVID unit.  The remaining seven positives are self-quarantined at home.   Today, the State Health Department reported a total of 12 for Comanche County.

Our first positive result for one of our employees was reported over the weekend.  This person has been notified and has been taking the precautionary measures to self-quarantine.  Staff and anyone who has been in contact with this patient has been notified and all safeguards remain in place.  No more patient information will be released as we follow HIPPA regulations for all patients.

Comanche County Health Department is investigating all positive cases in Comanche County.  CCMH continues to be in contact with State and County Health Department officials on a daily basis.

CCMH has a dedicated coronavirus unit for suspected or confirmed patients in the hospital.  Staff on these units have the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the patient population they are caring for and we are actively refining our processes and workflows in these areas.

Protection of our staff and patients remains our top priority. Recently, we have mandated that all employees must wear a mask during all patient encounters.  This is to protect our staff from potential exposure to patients who may have coronavirus but are not displaying acute symptoms.

Since January, Comanche County Memorial Hospital has been working diligently to take precautionary measures for the COVID-19 pandemic.  We will continue to follow the CDC guidelines and use best practices to protect our patients, staff and community.

 

We have NEW visitor restrictions for outpatient appointments and surgeries.

 

Outpatient services and appointments are still taking place as of now.  These patients will be screened for a temperature at either the Outpatient Center lobby or the Tomlinson Medical Center lobby. We have now limited visitors to these appointments. Only minors and the elderly who need assistance can have one visitor with them for their scheduled appointment.  These visitors will be screened as well.

 

For Outpatient surgeries, we are now asking the visitor to wait in their vehicle to be called with an update regarding their loved one by a physicians or medical staff.  We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we continue to put safeguards in place for everyone.

 

As a reminder, NO visitors are permitted in the hospital with very few exceptions such as end-of-life situations, labor & delivery and pediatric patients.  All visitors must be screened at the hospital front lobby.  Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or higher will not be allowed into the facility.  All CCMH employees are being screened prior to their shift as well.

 

 

If you have general questions about coronavirus please call the Oklahoma State Department of Health call center hotline at 1-877-215-8336.

 

If you have minor symptoms please call your primary care provider. (If you do not have a primary care provider you can call our provider referral line at 510-7030.)

 

If you are experiencing shortness of breath, respiratory conditions or fever please call the Emergency Department a head of time to let them know you are on your way.

 

Our Assessment Drive-Through Clinic located at 3811 West Gore will be open from 2pm to 4pm on the weekdays for those who are experiencing symptoms such as a fever and cough.

 

Here are steps you can take to protect your health and the health of those around you:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Practice social distancing.
  • Stay home and away from others if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.

 

For more information about COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019), please visit the following sites:

www.ccmhhealth.com

www.coronavirus.health.ok.gov

www.cdc.gov

 

 

Updated 3-27-2020

News Media Contact:

Nicole Jolly, Marketing Director

CCMH Public Information Officer

(580) 585-5406

Nicole.Jolly@ccmhhealth.com

 

COMANCHE COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL ANNOUNCES

THREE MORE POSITIVE CASES FOR COVID-19 IN COMANCHE COUNTY

 

(LAWTON, OK) CCMH healthcare officials received COVID-19 test results back overnight of three more patients who have tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Comanche County.  All three tested positive through hospital screening protocol.  The total is now five positive for COVID-19 through CCMH testing protocol.

Our first two positive results were received on Wednesday, March 25. One patient tested through hospital screening protocol at CCMH and the other patient was screened and tested at the Assessment drive-through Center. All patients with positive results and our staff that have been in contact with these patients have been notified and all safeguards remain in place.

Comanche County Health Department is investigating all positive cases in Comanche County.  CCMH continues to be in contact with State and County Health Department officials on a daily basis.

Since January, Comanche County Memorial Hospital has been working diligently to take precautionary measures for the COVID-19 pandemic.  We will continue to follow the CDC guidelines and use best practices to protect our patients, staff and community.

As a reminder, NO visitors are permitted in the hospital with very few exceptions such as end-of-life situations.  All visitors will be screened at the hospital front lobby.  Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or higher will not be allowed into the facility.  All CCMH employees are being screened prior to their shift as well.

Outpatient services and appointments are still taking place as of now.  These patients will be screened at either the Outpatient Center lobby or the Tomlinson Medical Center lobby. These patients can have one visitor with them for their scheduled appointment.

If you have general questions about coronavirus please call the Oklahoma State Department of Health call center hotline at 1-877-215-8336.

If you have minor symptoms please call your primary care provider. (If you do not have a primary care provider you can call our provider referral line at 510-7030.)

If you are experiencing shortness of breath, respiratory conditions or fever please call the Emergency Department a head of time to let them know you are on your way.

Our Assessment Drive-Through Clinic located at 3811 West Gore will be open from 2pm to 4pm daily for those who are experiencing symptoms such as a fever or cough.

Here are steps you can take to protect your health and the health of those around you:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Practice social distancing.
  • Stay home and away from others if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.

 

For more information about COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019), please visit the following sites:

www.ccmhhealth.com

www.coronavirus.health.ok.gov

www.cdc.gov

 

 

 

Update 3-25-2020

COMANCHE COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL ANNOUNCES TWO POSITIVE CASES FOR COVID-19 IN COMANCHE COUNTY

CCMH healthcare officials received COVID-19 test results back this morning of two patients who have tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Comanche County.
One patient tested through hospital screening protocol at CCMH and the other patient was screened and tested at the Assessment drive-through Center. Both patients and staff that have been in contact with these patients have been notified and all safeguards remain in place.
CCMH is in direct contact with the Comanche County Health Department who is taking the lead in the case investigations.

These two positive test results came in after the daily numbers are reported to the Oklahoma State Health Department and may not reflect in today’s report that is released.

Since January, Comanche County Memorial Hospital has been working diligently to take precautionary measures for the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to follow the CDC guidelines and use best practices to protect our patients, staff and community.

As a reminder, NO visitors are permitted in the hospital with very few exceptions such as end-of-life situations.

If you have general questions about coronavirus please call the Oklahoma State Department of Health call center at 1-877-215-8336.

If you have minor symptoms please call your primary care provider. (If you do not have a primary care provider you can call our referral line at 510-7030.)

If you are experiencing shortness of breath, respiratory conditions or fever please call the Emergency Department a head of time to let them know you are on your way.

Here are steps you can take to protect your health and the health of those around you:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Practice social Distancing.
  • Stay home and away from others if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.

For more information about COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019), please visit the following sites:
www.ccmhhealth.com
www.coronavirus.health.ok.gov
www.cdc.gov

3-23-2020

Starting Today All Employees Are Being Screened For Temperatures

All CCMH, MMG and LCHC employees will be screened for temperatures when arriving to work. Most employees will be screened in their departments. Others will be screened at the front lobby entrance, Outpatient Center entrance, and the TMC entrance. Please check with your supervisor or manager to find your screening location.

 

3-20-2020

Elective, non-urgent surgical procedures postponed

Comanche County Memorial Hospital continues to take precautionary measures to safeguard our patients, staff and community from the coronavirus (COVID-19). CCMH Administration has decided to postpone elective, non-urgent surgical procedures that can be rescheduled and will not significantly impact a patient’s health.
This recommendation comes from both the Surgeon General and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The decision was not taken lightly as we know it will inconvenience patients, impact our staff and providers. The reasons for postponing are two-fold: helping in our efforts to preserve supplies and personal protective equipment and reducing the risk of coronavirus spread.

Emergency and urgent surgeries and procedures will continue. These cases include any procedures that should be done right away or within a 4-week time period because postponing could negatively affect the patient’s health. Staff will be contacting patients as their cases become eligible for potential postponement. You can still enter The Outpatient Center for routine blood work. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we continue to fight the spread of COVID-19.

 

3-16-20

In preparation for the potential spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our area, we also implemented precautionary measures to our Emergency Department last Friday. To help reduce the potential transmission of any respiratory illness, we designated two areas for check-in at our ED. Upon entrance to the ED, individuals with flu-like symptoms will be directed to the west lobby and all other emergencies will be directed to the east lobby.

Due to recent CMS guidance, McMahon Tomlinson Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is restricting all unnecessary visitors (including families) from entering the facility with exceptions to end-of-life situations. Our Silver Linings inpatient unit has also restricted all visitors as well.

Yesterday, the Oklahoma State Department of Health removed the pre-authorization requirement for coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. There are also several more third party labs coming online with the ability to test for coronavirus. This means testing is now more accessible than ever before.

With the increase in testing nationwide, we will begin to see a spike in cases. We want to stress that this increase in cases is normal and expected with an increase in testing. Testing is a critical piece of containment strategy. It is important to know who may be infected so the spread can be contained. We want to assure the public that we have been anticipating this increase in positive cases and have plans in place to care for those who need medical care.

We would like to remind our community that you do not need to come to the hospital to be tested. This can be done on an outpatient basis in coordination with the county and state department of health or by visiting our drive-thru assessment center. For those who have questions or concerns about coronavirus, or who think they may need to be tested, the state department of health has set up a hotline 877-215-8336.

 

3-14-2020

At Comanche County Memorial Hospital, Memorial Medical Group, Lawton Community Health Center clinics and McMahon Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, we continue to monitor the rapidly changing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. As we partner with the Centers for Disease Control, the American Hospital Association and the Oklahoma State Department of Health, we are prepared should a case of COVID-19 present at one of our facilities. However, we are asking for the public’s help to prevent the spread of the virus in our communities!

We are asking that anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms (Primarily fever above 100.4, cough or shortness of breath) to call your healthcare provider BEFORE physically heading to a clinic or the Emergency Department. We will work with you on the best way to be seen for care without potentially exposing other patients and families during your visit. This type of social distancing has shown to lower the exposure rate and will help us curb contamination that could affect others visiting our facilities for care.

If an individual is seriously ill and requires urgent attention because of significant respiratory symptoms (severe shortness of breath) or other critical symptoms, please seek immediate medical attention at our Emergency Department.

We also want you to know that we have changed the Triage in our Emergency Department. We are separating patients with flu-like symptoms into one area. Other patients will be seen in a different portion of the Emergency Department. We believe these changes will also further safeguard patients and staff.

Because of the National Declaration of Emergency status for COVID-19, we may need to expand our bed and care capacity. We are considering options for this. We will keep you informed. Our community depends upon our talents and expertise. It is our desire to remain the Healthcare Facilities of choice for excellence in healthcare!

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What to Do If You Are Sick

If your symptoms meet our criteria for screening for COVID-19, visit our assessment drive-thru center at 3811 West Gore Boulevard from 2pm-6pm on week days. Saturday and Sunday hours for the assessment drive-thru center are 2pm-4pm.  The drive-thru clinic is for those who are experiencing a fever. We are asking people to please self screen first – if you do not have a fever, please do not visit the clinic at this time.

People will be screened in their vehicles throughout the entire process for everyone’s safety.  Signage will be posted on the corner of Gore and Arlington. Drivers will follow around the back side of the Lawton Community Health Center Clinic by using Arlington street.

Directional signage will also be posted on where to enter for step one screening.  Initial screening will include temperature checks and other vitals to determine if you will move on to the next screening station.  Registration will take place for those moving through the process; this process may include a flu test if necessary and, for those who meet the criteria, a specimen for COVID-19 may be collected and sent for testing.  COVID-19 testing is still not widely available for everyone who wishes to be tested.

Please bring your identification and any insurance information with you to the Assessment Drive-Through Center.  It will be open from 2pm – 6pm during the week as long as supplies last.

 

When to Seek Emergency Care

If you are having trouble breathing, chest pain, or are suffering similar emergent symptoms, please seek emergency care.

If you have traveled to a high-risk area recently and are concerned you may have COVID-19, or if you have been exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19, and you decide to seek medical attention, please notify the staff at the location where you are seeking medical care IMMEDIATELY upon your arrival so that proper precautions to not spread the infection to others may take place. Public health is everyone’s