Kaweah Delta announces first COVID-19 inpatient; second patient screened at hospital
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Kaweah Delta announces first COVID-19 inpatient; second patient screened
Officials announce no visitor policy to keep patients, staff safe
VISALIA – On Monday, March 16, Tulare County Public Health Branch
officials notified Kaweah Delta that a patient at its Medical Center tested
positive for COVID-19.
The individual is currently a patient in critical condition at the Medical
Center and Kaweah Delta is working closely with Tulare County Health &
Human Services, as it begins its investigation into the case. The patient
is in isolation and all employees and physicians in contact with the patient
are wearing personal protective equipment. Per Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention guidelines, Kaweah Delta is working to identify all employees
who came in contact with the patient, and will test and treat anyone who
displays symptoms. This patient is the second patient to test positive
for COVID-19 in Visalia. The first case was announced on March 13 after
having been screened for COVID-19 at Kaweah Delta.
In an effort to further protect patients, staff, and community members,
Kaweah Delta will implement a temporary no visitor policy at 12 p.m. on
Wednesday, March 18, at its Medical Center. Exceptions will be made for
active trauma, labor, minors, and end-of-life patients, along with patients
in need of critical procedures. Family and loved ones looking for patients
can call 559-624-2000 for patient updates.
“As the rest of the country implements increasingly-restrictive measures
to protect us from the coronavirus, Kaweah Delta will move forward with
similar protections for our patients, their families, our staff, our physicians
and our community,” said Gary Herbst, Kaweah Delta’s Chief
Kaweah Delta will position staff to help admit patients for their procedures
at the following three Medical Center entrances:
- Mineral King Entrance, 400 W. Mineral King Ave. (entrance for emergency
department, obstetric/labor, infusion, and lab patients)
- The Surgery Center (located on the southwest side of the Medical Center)
(entrance for surgery and endoscopy patients)
- Acequia Wing, 305 W. Acequia Ave.
Kaweah Delta has also activated an incident command center in the Medical
Center that will be staffed 24/7 to ensure that the organization can immediately
respond to any situations that may arise. Senior administrative and clinical
leaders will be staffing this command center. They are in frequent contact
with Tulare County Health & Human Services, local hospitals, and other
local healthcare providers to coordinate our responses to evolving community needs.
Kaweah Delta has taken a number of measures to put the health and safety
of patients and visitors first. They include limiting visitors, implemented
temporary entrances, cancelling all public events, removing volunteers
from its sites, cancelling all business travel, and asking its more than
5,000 employees to cancel internal meetings and use teleconferencing or
online meetings instead.
Kaweah Delta will continue to share COVID-19 information and regular updates
with the community on its website at
www.kaweahdelta.org/COVID19, via media statements, and on its social media accounts.
Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency advises if you think you
have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory
illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, please call your primary
physician or 2-1-1 rather than walking into a medical office or hospital.
Your physician will connect with Tulare County Public Health to determine
if testing is appropriate.