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Mt. San Rafael Hospital provides local COVID-19 update

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Mt. San Rafael Hospital takes the health and well-being of its patients, visitors, staff, medical partners, and the community very seriously.  To that end, Mt. San Rafael Hospital is working hard to ensure the community is informed and equipped with all of the latest COVID-19 information available.  Mt. San Rafael Hospital encourages community members to monitor the hospital and Las Animas-Huerfano Counties District Health Department Facebook pages and websites, while also directing them to State (https://covid19.colorado.gov/) and national resources (www.cdc.gov).

It is important for residents of Las Animas County to know that Mt. San Rafael Hospital is working very closely with our local, state and federal authorities ensuring every precaution is being taken to protect the safety of our patients and the community at large.  For residents who need to seek care, but would prefer not to visit the Mt. San Rafael Hospital Clinic in person, Mt. San Rafael Hospital now has TeleClinic appointments available.  Using the web, your cell phone and/or a mobile app, patients can be seen remotely.  Patients should email teleclinic@msrhc.org or call (719) 846-2206 to schedule an appointment.

Mt. San Rafael Hospital and Clinics, in accordance with the Governor’s Public Health Orders, have also added visitor restrictions.  What does that mean?  It means everyone is being screened at all entry/access points of the hospital campus and residents should expect the following:

• Please CALL THE CLINIC or HOSPITAL BEFORE your appointment if you have a fever, cough, flu symptoms, or if you think you may have been exposed to the new coronavirus, COVID-19.

• Mt. San Rafael Hospital visiting hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Front lobby doors will close at 4 p.m. daily.  After 4 p.m., you may only enter through the ER. Mt. San Rafael Hospital Provides Local COVID-19 Update            

• Patients may have no more than 1 visitor in a 24-hour period.

• ANYONE UNDER 18 years of age AND NOT being seen as a patient, is    restricted from visiting any area.

• Visitors with cold or flu symptoms are not allowed in Mt. San Rafael Hospital and Clinic buildings, unless for medical care.

• Patients WILL BE SCREENED AT ALL ENTRY POINTS.  Patients MUST tell staff and ask for a mask if they have: a fever, cold symptoms (cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath); flu symptoms (fever, chills, body aches, etc.).

Additionally, per the Governor’s Public Health Order, Mt. San Rafael Hospital has closed seated dining in its cafeteria to the general public until further notice.  Seated dining in the hospital cafeteria is now limited to hospital/clinic staff and our medical partners.  To-go containers are still being provided during regular cafeteria operating hours.  And, while this change impacts the public, we are still providing full nutritional services to all of our patients.

The Las Animas-Huerfano Counties District Health Department has limited access to the public at the Health Department’s buildings in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to the public and staff members.  The public is encouraged to visit the Health Department’s website https://www.colorado.gov/la-h-health or call the Health Department (719) 846-2213 in Trinidad and (719) 738-2650 in Walsenburg for assistance during this time.

For more information about the response to COVID-19, please contact Kim Lucero, Director of Planning and Development at Mt. San Rafael Hospital, at (719) 846-8053 or via email at klucero@msrhc.org or Kim Gonzales, Director, at the Las Animas-Huerfano Counties District Health Department at (719) 846-2213 or via email at kgonzales@la-h-health.org.

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