Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Delta Hospital Declares Local Disaster Emergency
Delta, CO (April 2, 2020) –
Delta County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) as a special district, filed their declaration of Local Disaster Emergency with the State, County and City Thursday afternoon.
Declaration of a Local Disaster Emergency makes funds available to prepare for and deal with the COVID-19 pandemic consequences. It activates the response and recovery aspects of any and all applicable local interjurisdictional disaster and emergency plans and authorizes the furnishing of aid and assistance under such plans.
“This is another active step in the processes that we have taken,” said Bob Thorn, Interim CEO at DCMH. “On March 12 DCMH declared the emergency when we enacted the Hospital Incident Command (IC) and on March 16 joined Delta County in a joint Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Then on March 23 the DCMH Board of Directors approved a resolution authorizing purchases surrounding the COVID-19 crisis.”
The COVID-19 pandemic constitutes a public health emergency of International concern and has been determined to be present in Delta County and surrounding counties. With anticipation to spread significantly, the requiring emergency preparation and execution has been enacted to minimize its impact and protect the health, safety and welfare of District Constituents.
“It is imperative for the hospital to be able to make rapid decisions in times of crisis,” said Thorn. “Our providers and staff are going to need to have the ability to quickly respond and have the ability to take the needed steps to ensure the safety of the staff and the public. All the steps the Hospital and the board have done so far ensure that.”
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Delta County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) and other local agencies are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation. We are working together to take the suggested preparedness measures for patients and staff, following the recommendations and protocols from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the Delta County Health Department. We are dedicated to ensuring the health and safety of our community and visitors.
Updated Visitor Information
For updates as the situation evolves, residents can sign up for the DCMH Email Newsletter HERE
and can follow us on all Social Media platforms.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU THINK YOU'VE BEEN EXPOSED TO COVID-19 OR HAVE SYMPTOMS
If you have symptoms of a cough, fever, or shortness of breath, please CALL your Primary Care Provider (PCP) clinic for a verbal phone screening and further instructions BEFORE
going to see your provider.
If you are experiencing severe respiratory distress and/or need immediate assistance, call 9-1-1 and let them know you are concerned you may have COVID-19.
If you present to the Emergency Department and have concerns about COVID-19, and have the symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath please remain in your car please and call 970-874-2221 and wait for further instructions.
Starting Monday, March 16 the Hospital and clinics will be conducting verbal screenings for all persons prior to entering any DCMH facilities. The Hospital and clinics will remain open for normal business hours, but patients must ring the doorbell at the clinics to be verbally screened before entering.
Scheduled patients at the DCMH Hospital and clinics are being asked to arrive a few minutes in advance of their appointment to allow time for the verbal screening.
Access to community meetings in the DCMH education classrooms are also being suspended until further notice.
We are recommending that community members take the CDC's recommended precautionary measures:
• Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
• Stay home when you are sick.
INFORMATION AND RESOURCES
Do you have questions about COVID-19? Call the Delta County Call Center at 970-874-2172, open 8:00 and to 6:00 pm, Monday through Saturday.
Coronavirus Fact Sheet (English)
Coronavirus Fact Sheet (Spanish)
One of the best ways to stay up to date on information is by calling the Delta County Health Department's hotline at 970-874-2172 or visiting their online information hub for COVID-19 HERE
If you have general questions about COVID-19, you can call the state's help line, CO HELP
, at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 or email COHELP@RMPDC.org
for answers in English and Spanish (Español).
You can also sign up for the West Region of Colorado Emergency Notification System CodeRED HERE.
Colorado Department of Health and Environment page HERE.
Centers for Disease Control page HERE.
For Regional Resources visit Mesa County Health Department's page HERE.
We will continue to work closely with the Delta County Health Department to share updates as the situation evolves.