A Salute to Healthcare Heroes

Flyovers from Altus Air Force Base and Sheppard Air Force Base took place on Friday, May 1, over the Comanche County Memorial Hospital campus.

The first flyover was from Altus Air Force Base as a salute to healthcare workers, first responders and other essential personnel supporting the COVID-19 effort in Oklahoma.

The second flyover was from Sheppard Air Force Base giving a high flying “Thank You” with Operation Spirit over Texoma.

Col. Clayton Bartels, 80th FTW Vice Commander was at CCMH communicating with the lead aircraft.

The 97th AMW and 71st FTW encouraged viewers to tag the bases on social media in photos and videos they captured during the flyovers using #AirForceSalutes, #MobilitysHometown, #VanceProud and #SpiritOverTexoma.

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Do I Need to be Tested for COVID-19?

As new information emerges during the evolving COVID-19 Pandemic, it seems you can find an article with just about any possible symptom pointing to COVID-19. You may begin to wonder, “Do I have COVID-19?” Information you gather from reliable, medically-based sources may be useful. However, research should never replace the assessment of a physician. These are unusual circumstances though. During the time of social distancing when seeking medical treatment may put you more at risk for coming in contact with this novel coronavirus, there are a few questions you can use to self-assess.

 

 

Here are the questions to consider:

 

Do you have any of the following emergency symptoms?

If you have emergency COVID-19 signs and symptoms, such as chest pain or pressure, confusion, trouble breathing, or blue lips or face, seek medical care immediately! A trip to the ER or call to 911 sounds necessary. Let the emergency operator know your symptoms and wear a face covering over your mouth and nose if being transported by ambulance. The phone number for our emergency department is (580) 355-8620.

 

Do you have any of the following symptoms?

New trouble breathing, shortness of breath, or wheezing may all be symptoms that point to COVID-19. Other symptoms include muscle aches, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of smell, change in taste, a cough, and a fever. Generally, patients suffering from COVID-19 have a fever of 100.5 or greater.

 

Consider your contact with others

Have you been within 6 feet of someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19? Did you see him or her for at least 5 minutes, or have direct contact with their saliva or mucus at any point in the past 14 days? Does the person with COVID-19 live with you?

According to the CDC, although we are still learning about how the virus transmits, it is thought to spread mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets. These droplets reach others when the infected person coughs or sneezes. When these droplets land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or the person inhales them into their lungs, they may also become infected.

The incubation period is the time someone comes in contact with the virus until symptoms are present. For COVID-19, the incubation period is typically 2-11 days. To be safe, health professionals are asking patients to consider who he or she has come in contact with within a two week period.

 

If you feel it is possible you may have COVID-19, self isolate if you are not in need of immediate care, and reach out to your medical provider by phone. He or she will advise you how it is best to act.

 

 

Do you have other questions about COVID-19? Check out or resources at ccmhhealth.com/covid-19-resources.

 

Disclaimer

The Comanche County Memorial Hospital website does not provide specific medical advice for individual cases. Comanche County Memorial Hospital does not endorse any medical or professional services obtained through information provided on this site, articles on the site or any links on this site.

Use of the information obtained by the Comanche County Memorial Hospital website does not replace medical advice given by a qualified medical provider to meet the medical needs of our readers or others.

While content is frequently updated, medical information changes quickly. Information may be out of date, and/or contain inaccuracies or typographical errors. For questions or concerns, please contact us at contact@ccmhhealth.com.

 

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Traveling During A Pandemic

Traveling during a pandemic is an unnerving thought. There may be instances that make it unavoidable for you such as going to care for a sick loved one or traveling for an essential work trip. What if you have to enter an area where the virus is spreading rampantly? What if you are in the middle of the spread and don’t even know it? Many concerns probably enter your mind at this time. Having a plan to make your travel as safe as possible will help you feel more in control, decrease any anxiety, and accomplish whatever you need to do.

 

Before travel 

Prepare your immune system. Travel is often stressful under good circumstances, making illnesses possible. Take as good of care of yourself as possible in days before leaving. Take your vitamins, eat well, and get adequate sleep.

Traveling internationally? Ensure you are up-to-date on all vaccines. Research any common health concerns for travel within your destination and have over the counter medications in case these illnesses arise. Know the country’s travel recommendations.

Take hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, and sanitizing spray. Pack as many changes of clothes and essentials in a carryon bag as possible if you are traveling by plane including snacks. This helps limit your need to wander within the airport. In fact, if you can avoid checking a bag, this is even better as it helps limit your time within the airport and the germs you come into contact with.

Also, pack items you would be handed in a drive-thru if you plan on purchasing a meal. Having your own utensils, napkins, kleenex, even toilet paper limits your contact with items others have touched.

Have a plan for what you will do if you get sick. Do you have telemedicine available through health insurance? Do you know which clinics are offering care in your destination area? What is the COVID-19 screening protocol for the area?

Research the latest expectations within your destination city as far as shelter in place orders or expectations while being in public.

 

Driving tips

Take as many items as you can with you to limit your need for stops:

Pack meals, snacks, and bottled water.

Frequently clean often touched areas such as your steering wheel, stereo buttons, and door handles.

 

Flying tips

If you can print your boarding pass and check-in at home, do!

Arrive on time, but try not to spend more time in the airport than necessary.

Avoid sitting in crowded areas at the airport. As departure time draws near, consider moving to a nearby, but less busy gate as people tend to crowd near the gate.

Expect your travel to be interrupted. Have contingency plans in case flights are canceled.

Some good news is that because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes, most viruses and other germs do not spread easily. However, still, remember to practice good hygiene and avoid sitting near those who are coughing or appear sick.

 

When you reach your destination 

Shower as soon as possible. Place the clothes you wore during travel into a sealed plastic bag.

If you’re staying in a hotel, wipe down items that are often skipped by cleaning crews such as door handles, light switches, and TV remotes.

You may be in a less affected area with looser restrictions than your home. However, be considerate. You may be unknowingly bringing the virus to that community!

 

After returning home 

Consider quarantining yourself for 14 days if possible. If you know for sure you have come into contact with those who have COVID-19, DO quarantine yourself for sure!

Take your temperature a couple times a day.

If you need to seek medical care, let the medical provider know you have traveled before arriving at the facility.

 

If you have other questions related to COVID-19, check out our COVID-19 resources page.

 

Source 

National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease (NCIRD)

Center for Disease Control (CDC). 

 

Disclaimer

The Comanche County Memorial Hospital website does not provide specific medical advice for individual cases. Comanche County Memorial Hospital does not endorse any medical or professional services obtained through information provided on this site, articles on the site or any links on this site.

Use of the information obtained by the Comanche County Memorial Hospital website does not replace medical advice given by a qualified medical provider to meet the medical needs of our readers or others.

While content is frequently updated, medical information changes quickly. Information may be out of date, and/or contain inaccuracies or typographical errors. For questions or concerns, please contact us at contact@ccmhhealth.com.

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Coronavirus Update

CCMH continues to employ new up-to-date practices in the fight against COVID-19. We have two very exciting announcements! First, CCMH has recently acquired the ability to test for COVID-19 in-house! CCMH is now able to test patients in the ED for COVID-19 before being admitted to the hospital. The chemicals needed to run these tests are very limited, so we are only able to test those patients that need hospital admission. These tests allow for quicker placement of patients, and lets us continue to preserve PPE within the hospital.

Second, CCMH recently partnered with the Mayo Clinic in a clinical trial using COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma for acutely-ill patients. This plasma comes from patients who have already recovered from COVID-19, and contains antibodies that can help fight the virus. The process of using convalescent plasma has been known to the scientific community for decades, but the number of COVID-19 recovered patients has finally gotten high enough to begin collecting this plasma. CCMH is proud to take part in this study and do the most for our patients and the Lawton community.

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

working out during COVID-19

Staying Fit in Isolation

Much like the joke that freshman college students gain the “freshmen fifteen” a trending hashtag on social media is #quarantine15. Due to the stress, loneliness, and uncertainty of this time, you may wish to turn to food for comfort and to destress.

 

Passing the time by trying a new recipe, cooking with your significant other or children, or celebrating little blessings with a special dessert at this time, are all great ways to make the most of a stressful situation.

 

Don’t feel guilty if you take a break from the normal routine or gain a few pounds as you try to get a handle on all the difficult emotions you may be facing at this time. However, staying healthy could not be more important than at a time like now.

 

Free home workout options

The easiest way to begin an at-home workout routine is through the guidance of instructor-led videos. Many of these videos require no additional equipment and give you the benefit of being able to pause them to perfect your technique.

Many companies are offering their workouts for free or as an extended trial as COVID-19 runs its course. So there’s no better time than now to try out a new workout and establish a good routine.

Here are a variety of workouts by leading companies in fitness that you can try at this time for free.

 

Peloton

Peloton produces top of the line treadmills and exercise bikes. Their workout app is normally $13 a month. However, Peloton is currently offering a free, 90-day trial. You do not have to own their equipment to use the app. The videos include strength, yoga, meditation, boot camp, and cardio classes. If you’re still able to get outdoors, audio-only classes are available for outdoor running.

 

CorePower Yoga

CorePower shut down their studio and moved to online-only classes that you can stream from their website. New classes are added weekly, including yoga, sculpt, and meditation. The company is offering some free classes while the studio remains closed, but you can also gain access to all of their videos for $19.99 per month.

 

Nike Training Club

Nike Training Club offers an always free workout app with a wide variety of home workouts, including programs that help you set a workout schedule. The app allows you to filter your search results based on the equipment you have available also.

 

Les Mills

If you’ve ever had a membership at a gym, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Body Pump, a popular class, managed by Les Mills. Les Mills also offers dance, yoga, and boxing, many equipment free classes. All their classes are available on-demand with a 30-day free trial.

 

Amazon Prime Video

If you have an Amazon Prime membership, you already have free access to a library of fitness videos, like Zumba and cardio programs. Just search for “fitness,” then check the “Prime” box in the left sidebar to see what’s available for free streaming.

 

YouTube 

YouTube is a great place to find all sorts of exercise videos. Try something creative like rebounding if you have a trampoline at home or learn some new dance moves. Consider using Fitness Blender, a great library of over 100 free workouts.

 

Basic workout equipment under $100

There is plenty you can do without a single piece of equipment and many of us have financial concerns to consider due to the COVID-19 outbreak. However, if you can afford to invest in some equipment, here is a list of more affordable options which can be ordered via Amazon or various websites. We’ll link to them, but,of course, we cannot guarantee their availability when you read this article:

 

Jump rope

Workout mat 

Dumbbells

Lacrosse ball

Foam roller 

Yoga block

 

Have questions about COVID-19? We’re here for you. Check out ccmhhealth.com/covid-19-resources.

 

Disclaimer

The Comanche County Memorial Hospital website does not provide specific medical advice for individual cases. Comanche County Memorial Hospital does not endorse any medical or professional services obtained through information provided on this site, articles on the site or any links on this site.

Use of the information obtained by the Comanche County Memorial Hospital website does not replace medical advice given by a qualified medical provider to meet the medical needs of our readers or others.

While content is frequently updated, medical information changes quickly. Information may be out of date, and/or contain inaccuracies or typographical errors. For questions or concerns, please contact us at contact@ccmhhealth.com.

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Coronavirus Update

As of last Friday afternoon, we have tested nearly 100 patients. Twelve of those were positive. We continue to utilize 4W and ICU North as our COVID units for patients requiring hospitalization. The state of Oklahoma is rapidly expanding testing capabilities and we expect to see both the number tested and the number of positives go up in the coming weeks. Modeling does not agree on the exact time frame in which we will see our “peak”, but everything agrees this will get worse before it gets better. We are preparing in all the best ways we know how for the potential squeeze on our resources.

We have received many generous donations from our community lately, including donations of upgraded personal protective equipment for bedside staff. We are continuously refining our processes to further protect staff. We are working hard to keep you safe, and we are thankful for your selflessness and bravery in taking care of all patients who need the help only we can provide. We encourage staff to communicate with leadership if they have concerns or questions, so that issues can be addressed and processes can be revised quickly when necessary

CCMH Additional Screening Process Changes

Starting today, outpatient services will close at 4:00pm daily. 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.

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Could Your Diet Help Flatten the Curve?

COVID-19 seems to be disrupting every aspect of peoples’ daily lives all over the world. Some of us have lost jobs, some are worried about family members who have to continue to work due to being in an essential business, some are worried about family members who may be high risk or separated from us. At times, it feels overwhelming and like there is nothing we can do to fight this invisible enemy. That is not true, however.

 

Hopefully, you are following the guidelines put in place in your community as well as social distancing, washing your hands well and frequently, and sheltering in place as much as possible.

 

Is there more you can do? Yes, there is. You can take the best possible care of yourself during these uncertain times. Doing your best to eat healthy foods could lessen your chances of getting ill, keep you out of the hospital and from infecting others.

 

How do you boost your immunity to help fight COVID-19?

 

Unfortunately, there is no magical food or pill that is guaranteed to boost your immune system and fight off COVID-19. However, a healthy immune system will help. Nutrients that may help the immune response include selenium, vitamins A, C, D, E, B-6, zinc, iron, and folate; with additional potentially promising effects of whole foods like broccoli, goji berry, green tea, and turmeric. Some of these nutrients may help reduce inflammation and protect from tissue damage due to the virus that can lead to lung injury and failure, and even death.

 

It is too early to know what mixture of nutrients is the best to keep Covid-19 at bay. But we do know that several of these nutrients have shown promising effects for flu, common colds, and respiratory infections.

 

Which foods might keep me from getting COVID-19?

 

We know you may not be able to find just anything in the stores right now due to overbuying, but here are some foods that may help boost your immunity: spinach, berries, bananas, citrus fruits, broccoli,  mushrooms, red bell peppers, shellfish, sweet potatoes, peanut butter, almonds, beans, hazelnuts,  turmeric, and tea. Eggs, cheese, tofu, milk, and mushrooms are also great choices.

 

These foods may be especially important for those who are at high risk for contacting COVID-19.

 

Hydration is also important

 

Even mild dehydration can put stress on the body. A good goal is half your body weight in ounces of water. For example, someone who weighs 150 pounds should drink approximately 75 ounces in water. The water from soups, vegetables, and fruits also helps to hydrate the body.

 

Can I take supplements to protect me from COVID-19?

 

There has not been enough time to conduct significant research on natural alternatives to fighting COVID-19. However, some doctors believe that supplements such as elderberry could help. Elderberry has been shown to be effective in treating upper respiratory infections in some studies. However, you should always discuss supplement usage with your doctor. Elderberry may interact with some medications.

 

 

Even if just a small percentage of the population began eating healthier to help ward off this pandemic, think how much it could help our world! Let’s all do our part. We are all in this together!

 

If you have more questions about COVID-19 in Comanche county, visit our resources page: ccmhhealth.com/covid-19-resources/.

 

Disclaimer

The Comanche County Memorial Hospital website does not provide specific medical advice for individual cases. Comanche County Memorial Hospital does not endorse any medical or professional services obtained through information provided on this site, articles on the site or any links on this site.

Use of the information obtained by the Comanche County Memorial Hospital website does not replace medical advice given by a qualified medical provider to meet the medical needs of our readers or others.

While content is frequently updated, medical information changes quickly. Information may be out of date, and/or contain inaccuracies or typographical errors. For questions or concerns, please contact us at contact@ccmhhealth.com.

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How to Protect Yourself from COVID-19 When you Need to Go Out

Many in the community are practicing social distancing and getting out as little as possible. As the confirmed cases of COVID-19 rise in Comanche County, you may be getting nervous about having to be out for errands you cannot completely avoid such as occasional grocery shopping. Although feeling apprehensive about going out is understandable, there are several steps you can take to protect yourself while you are out. Here are a few:

 

 

Limit going inside businesses as much as possible

 

Many businesses, especially restaurants, are offering curbside delivery or drive-thru options as dining in is not an option right now. If you’re unsure if the business you need to visit is offering such services, it does not hurt to call and ask them if they would mind accommodating you.

Also, consider having essentials delivered or take turns running errands with a friend. The fewer people out on any given day, the better! If you are elderly or in the high-risk category for contracting COVID-19 due to health reasons, you may wish to reach out to a friend or neighbor. He or she would probably love to help you out. If you know of someone who is unemployed due to the outbreak, he or she could probably use some extra cash in exchange for helping you out as well. Lawton Family YMCA is also offering to pick up groceries for seniors who order groceries through the Walmart grocery app.

 

 

Make use of technology

 

You may wish to ask simple things like documents to be mailed or emailed to you instead of visiting a business. Take advantage of video chat options like FaceTime, Skype or Zoom to conduct business whenever possible.

If you have a non-urgent medical need, call your physician first to see what your options are. Many people also have access to free telemedicine services through the insurance provider. Memorial Medical Group is also providing access to telemedicine through many of our clinics.

 

 

Make a protective masks

 

When you do go out, try to wear a protective mask. Please remember our people working on the “front lines” of this epidemic. Our health professionals, restaurant workers, grocery clerks, etc., need masks and gloves more than anyone. Protecting them protects us all as they will likely be exposed to more carriers of COVID-19 than most of us.

However, you can find instructions on how to sew a homemade mask. Even if it isn’t the N-95 masks that provide the best protection, it can still keep you from touching your face which in return could possibly keep you from contracting the virus.

Think outside the box on how to protect your hands. Don’t touch items you don’t intend to buy. Use another type of plastic besides gloves. There have been people using bags used to clean up after their dogs when they take them outside to “take care of business!”

 

 

Sanitize your hands often

 

Sanitize your hands before going in and after leaving a business. If you can’t find sanitizer, you can make your own using alcohol and aloe vera gel.

 

 

Change your clothing as soon as possible

 

Before entering your home, remove your shoes and spray them with disinfectant. Remove clothes as soon as you enter and put them directly into the washing machine. You can wash them later if needed, but this keeps you from having to pick them up again before washing.

 

 

Sanitize items and let them sit

 

The COVID-19 virus can last hours to days on items depending on what material the item is made of. If possible, seal the bag grocery items are in to protect them, spray with disinfectant spray, and let it sit for a few days.

 

 

Wipe down surfaces touched by new items entering your home

 

If you can’t find disinfectant wipes in stores, you can make those too using paper towels and rubbing alcohol to wipe down surfaces.

 

 

Don’t allow anyone else to put items purchased away

To limit exposure to others living in the household, only the person who picked up items should put them away. This will help limit the exposure to any germs lingering on the items from others who have not yet touched them.

 

 

Have other questions about COVID-19? Visit ccmhhealth.com/covid-19-resources.

 

Disclaimer

The Comanche County Memorial Hospital website does not provide specific medical advice for individual cases. Comanche County Memorial Hospital does not endorse any medical or professional services obtained through information provided on this site, articles on the site or any links on this site.

Use of the information obtained by the Comanche County Memorial Hospital website does not replace medical advice given by a qualified medical provider to meet the medical needs of our readers or others.

While content is frequently updated, medical information changes quickly. Information may be out of date, and/or contain inaccuracies or typographical errors. For questions or concerns, please contact us at contact@ccmhhealth.com.

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Public Health Announcement: Coronavirus

MAY 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

Update 4-27-20

In-house testing is in full swing! We have a limited number of these tests with no projected date of when we may receive more, so these tests are being prioritized for patients who are suspected of having COVID and are going to be admitted. This helps us admit the patient to an appropriate unit, and also helps preserve PPE because we do not have to wait 24-48 hours for results. For all other testing, we are still utilizing RML, with great turnaround time for results.

Governor Stitt issued a directive last week that the state may begin “reopening”. Several business have been cleared to open, and elective surgeries are resuming. CCMH is beginning the process of scheduling and performing elective surgeries, while continuing to monitor several situations (such as available PPE, and any potential spikes in COVID activity as a result of communities reopening). All patients undergoing elective procedures will be tested for COVID prior to their procedure. Patients undergoing procedures will also be allowed one “family advocate” in the building during surgery – this individual, of the patient’s choosing, will have to undergo the same screening as all other visitors, and will have to wear a mask while in the facility. This advocate will not be able to stay with the patient after the patient is admitted, at this time.

Allowing visitors for hospitalized patients will happen soon, but for now visitor restrictions are still in place.

 

Update 4-20-2020

CCMH continues to employ new up-to-date practices in the fight against COVID-19. We have two very exciting announcements! First, CCMH has recently acquired the ability to test for COVID-19 in-house! CCMH is now able to test patients in the ED for COVID-19 before being admitted to the hospital. The chemicals needed to run these tests are very limited, so we are only able to test those patients that need hospital admission. These tests allow for quicker placement of patients, and lets us continue to preserve PPE within the hospital.

Second, CCMH recently partnered with the Mayo Clinic in a clinical trial using COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma for acutely-ill patients. This plasma comes from patients who have already recovered from COVID-19, and contains antibodies that can help fight the virus. The process of using convalescent plasma has been known to the scientific community for decades, but the number of COVID-19 recovered patients has finally gotten high enough to begin collecting this plasma. CCMH is proud to take part in this study and do the most for our patients and the Lawton community.

 

Update 4-6-2020

As of last Friday afternoon, we have tested nearly 100 patients. Twelve of those were positive. We continue to utilize 4W and ICU North as our COVID units for patients requiring hospitalization. The state of Oklahoma is rapidly expanding testing capabilities and we expect to see both the number tested and the number of positives go up in the coming weeks. Modeling does not agree on the exact time frame in which we will see our “peak”, but everything agrees this will get worse before it gets better. We are preparing in all the best ways we know how for the potential squeeze on our resources.

We have received many generous donations from our community lately, including donations of upgraded personal protective equipment for bedside staff. We are continuously refining our processes to further protect staff. We are working hard to keep you safe, and we are thankful for your selflessness and bravery in taking care of all patients who need the help only we can provide. We encourage staff to communicate with leadership if they have concerns or questions, so that issues can be addressed and processes can be revised quickly when necessary

CCMH Additional Screening Process Changes

Starting today, outpatient services will close at 4:00pm daily. 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.

 

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

 

Update 3-23-2020

New Hospital Visitor Restrictions Start March 24

The new policy further limits visitors to the CCMH facility. Starting Tuesday, March 24, NO visitors will be allowed for patients in the hospital with a few exceptions. One adult visitor will be permitted for labor and delivery, NICU and pediatrics for the entire length of the hospitalization. Exceptions will be made for Emergency Surgeries during the time of the procedure, and once the patient awakes, visitors will need to leave. Exceptions are also being made for end-of-life situations. These visitors will still be screened in the hospital’s front lobby. 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

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Update 3-20-2020

Weekend hours for the Assessment drive-through Center are 2pm-4pm!

Saturday and Sunday hours for the CCMH and LCHC Assessment Drive-Through Center are 2pm-4pm at 3811 West Gore.  The drive-through 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.

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.


 

Update 3-18-2020

Assessment Drive-Through Center opening tomorrow at 2pm at 3811 West Gore

Starting March 19 at 2pm until 6pm Comanche County Memorial Hospital and Lawton Community Health Center will open up an Assessment Drive-Through Center at 3811 West Gore 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 assessment center 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 daily as long as supplies last.

Comanche County Memorial Hospital continues to monitor the ongoing coronavirus situation. We are following all guidelines and recommendations from local and state agencies and reputable sources of best practices. While we have restricted visitor access to the facility to one support person per patient for most patients, we continue to work with our community to ensure our patients feel protected but not alone.

Following Mayor Stan Booker’s proclamation yesterday, we have closed our dining room to further promote social distancing in the facility. Our dietary employees are continuing to provide a wide variety of food options in a to-go format. The cafeteria is not open to the public at this time, but remains ready to serve our employees and support persons of our patient population.

Updated 3-16-2020

CCMH Visitation Restrictions starting Tuesday, March 17th.

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.

Beginning Tuesday, March 17th at noon, Comanche County Memorial Hospital will be restricting visitation to all patients in the hospital. Each patient will be allowed one support person who will be welcome to visit between the hours of 8 AM and 6 PM. Outside of these hours, visitation exceptions will be made for some situations, such as during end-of-life. These support persons will be screened at the point of entry into the facility for symptoms. If they are symptomatic, they will not be allowed entry into the facility. We encourage family and friends of our patients to utilize phone calls and video calls during this time to support the emotional well-being of their loved one.

Employees are encouraged to check their temperature daily prior to coming to work. If an employee has a temperature greater than 100.4, or develops respiratory symptoms such as coughing, they should stay home and contact their manager. All Outpatient Services such as appointments and procedures are still taking place.

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.

Comanche County Memorial Hospital is currently working to establish an Assessment drive-through Clinic off campus later this week to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus.  More information to come on this initiative.

To date, there have been no positive test results for the coronavirus at CCMH.

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 county and state department of health. 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.

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

 


Updated 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!

 

IN THE FUTURE:

We are also encouraging the limitation of visitors to patients that are in the hospital. We do not want our patients to be exposed to additional germs. We are encouraging all visitors to park in our garage and will be asking staff NOT to use the parking garage for ANY parking. All levels of the garage should be used for visitors. We will be encouraging visitors for hospital patients to enter through the Main Lobby.

 

We want you to know how important you are to maintaining healthcare in our facilities!

     · Please take care of yourself;
     · Get adequate sleep.
     · Avoid large crowds.
     · Please plan for daycare.

 

 

Scott Michener, MD, CMO

Chris Ward, RN, MSN, CNO


 

 

 

Updated 3-10-2020

Comanche County Memorial Hospital remains committed to serving our community’s needs while keeping our staff, patients, and visitors safe. We have screening and isolation protocols in place for patients who may present with concerning signs or symptoms. These protocols are being continuously refined as new information comes in from our national, state, and local health partners. Communication is ongoing between senior leadership, infection prevention specialists, and staff on new developments and recommendations. We remain ready and able to provide care to patients and families with a wide variety of health concerns.

Our partnership with the community is vital to our success as the leading healthcare organization in our area. We encourage those who feel they may have been exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19) to first seek advice from their primary care physicians by telephone. Testing is available through the Oklahoma State Department of Health for individuals who meet criteria, but it is not necessary for this testing to be performed in a hospital setting. The Oklahoma State Department of Health has established a hotline for members of the general public who are concerned they may have been exposed and may require testing. This call center will help guide individuals on current CDC recommendations. The call center is open Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 7 PM, and Saturday, 9 AM to 3 PM. Their phone number is 877-215-8336.

When possible, if you are seeking medical attention and have respiratory symptoms and/or a fever, and have recently traveled to a geographic area that has community spread of coronavirus, please call ahead and notify the clinic, urgent care, or emergency department of your impending arrival. This will allow these medical facilities to appropriately prepare a place for you so as not to expose others.

Comanche County Memorial Hospital is working tirelessly to keep our community safe and informed.

 

 


March 5, 2020

 

COVID-19, otherwise known as the latest novel coronavirus, is on everyone’s mind (and news) these days. At Comanche County Memorial Hospital, we have been intensively preparing for this new illness, both internally and with our community partners. We are ready to serve the community’s needs and also to help you, our community family, navigate these concerning times.

While the standard advice for keeping yourself healthy is still in place (wash your hands, avoid sick people and large crowds where possible, and stay home if you are sick), the following is additional advice related to seeking care when you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19:

 

Stay Home

 

Many people are under the impression you must go to the hospital if you have or think you have, COVID-19. This is not the case. If you are not sick enough to be hospitalized, home is the safest place for you! In the event you need to be tested for COVID-19, this can be done without you having to come to the hospital. If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 but have no symptoms, seek advice from your primary care provider.

 

Call Ahead

 

If you are sick and need to be seen, please call your primary care provider first. Your primary care provider can assist you with symptoms over the phone, and determine if you need to be seen for further follow-up. If you choose to seek treatment at an urgent care center, please call before arriving and tell them of your concerns (such as recent travel to a high-risk area or exposure to someone with COVID-19) so that they are prepared for your arrival. If you do not have a PCP then you can call our physician referral line to get a provider at 580-510-7030.

 

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 responsibility!
family in social isolation

Taking Care of Yourself and Your Family During Social Isolation

Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19), many individuals and families are now finding themselves dealing with a whole new way of living in social isolation due to work being moved home and/ or schools closing. During these uncertain times, taking care of yourself mentally, emotionally, and physically is more important than ever!

 

Here are ten tips to help you navigate these challenging times.

 

Create a routine

 

Having a few “vacation days” from the norm can be enjoyable at first. Use the time to let yourself or your children enjoy sleeping in, wearing pajamas all day, watching movies or playing video or board games.

However, having a routine reduces stress on yourself and children. Lay our clothes and prepare meals for the next day. Establish hours for educational time as well as chores if your children are old enough. The more like “normal” this time feels, the easier it will be on all.

 

Be careful of what your kids overhear

 

Kids often pick up more adult conversation than you realize. You may want to save turning on the news until after they go to bed and limit the adult conversation they are exposed to regarding the coronavirus.

They may be too old for you to completely shield them from it, however. Just because they don’t ask you about it, doesn’t mean they aren’t internalizing some fear. Have conversations with your child as appropriate and let them ask questions. It may be a good time to have important science lessons with younger children about germs and how to prevent illnesses.

 

Accomplish something new

 

Now may be a great time to find some video tutorials and learn a new skill or hobby. Try a new workout, write the book you’ve always planned to but never find time for, learn a new instrument, or master a new recipe. You may even wish to include your children in learning a new skill you haven’t found the time for amidst a busy schedule.

 

Make a simple, flexible meal plan

 

To keep the spread of coronavirus to a minimum, it is best to limit your grocery trips as much as possible. Yet, many individuals are finding it difficult to find some basic necessities, finding availability for grocery pick up, and having to shop multiple stores.

To keep your shopping as simple as possible, make a list of basic but healthy meals and a list of needed ingredients. Attempt to buy the ingredients as you find them and rotate through this meal plan.

Now is also a great time to reach out to friends and neighbors that may have farm-fresh produce and meat. We are fortunate to be in an area where we have an abundance of possibilities!

 

Form a strategy for working efficiently

 

Parents that work from home regularly love the extra time with their children. However, working from home has its challenges and disadvantages. To be successful, it takes a lot of flexibility on the part of the employee and employer as well as time management strategies. Some parents get up before their children and work an hour or two. Some work an hour or two after bed.

Prepping the night before helps as well. Prep snacks, meals and sippy cups. This includes your own drinks and snacks.

Plan a fun activity for small children and rotate toys to maximize playtime.

 

Remember that the outdoors are not canceled

 

Some fresh air, sunshine, and activity does the body good! Just because you shouldn’t be in large groups of people right now, doesn’t mean you can’t be outside. Play in your yard if you have a nice area to do so, or plan an outing with your family. Now may be a great time to discover a new park or take advantage of a nice spring day and visit the wildlife refuge.

 

Give each other space when necessary

 

Constantly being together has its challenges. Create boundaries to ensure everyone gets the peace and quiet they need. You could create a fun space for children with bean bags, or other alternative seating or even make a tent with blankets. Set aside an hour a day where everyone reads or listens to music in their rooms.

Parents, find some time to unwind and enjoy the quiet alone after kids go to bed. You deserve it!

 

Clean

 

Not only is it a good idea to sanitize to ward off illness, but decluttering is a great way to improve your mood. Psychologists say it is even important for your mental health. Now may be a great time to straighten up the garage, organize your home office, or accomplish whatever other cleaning task that always gets put off. You never know what items you are ready to get rid of that someone needs during this time.

 

Find your outlet

 

There are many ways to help yourself combat all the emotions in these times of uncertainty.

Journaling is a great outlet that boosts your mood.

Exercising is another mood booster which you should be doing anyway to stay healthy!

Doing something kind for others is also an excellent way to put a positive spin on the situation.
Offer to pick up groceries and other necessities for an elderly neighbor or make cards for elderly patients quarantined in local nursing facilities. Help stock a local food pantry since many children are unable to get a needed meal at school at this time.

 

Keep in touch with friends and family

 

Although it isn’t the same as a good old fashioned gettogether, technology does help when we are in isolation away from dear friends and family members. Social media, emails, texts and FaceTime make it easier for keeping up with those we care about.

 

 

Check out how we are working to keep our community safe here: ccmhhealth.com/coronavirus-annoucement.

 

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