Thursday, March 26, 2020 – 11:20 am CDT
THERE ARE NO NEW UPDATES OVERNIGHT
The City of Teague issued a shelter in place order, effective as of 3/25/2020 at 5 pm through 4/3/2020 at 5 pm. Check your city and county websites for more updated information. As of this moment, there is no news from the City of Fairfield, County of Freestone or other area cities regarding Shelter in Place Orders.
TESTING for COVID-19
As a reminder, COVID-19 testing is not available as an “on-demand” test. A patient has to screen into the test, exhibit all the symptoms and have a physician order before a test swab will be authorized. We have heard from both the State and private labs that the demand has exceeded capacity. Delay in results from those tested is approaching two weeks.
The nation’s blood supply continues to at critical levels. IF you can get to a donation center and are willing to give, this donation truly is The Gift of Life.
FREESTONE MEDICAL, FREESTONE HEALTH CLINIC and FREESTONE HEALTH CLINIC AT TEAGUE
We are open for business! While instituting recommendations from the CDC, Texas Department of Health Services and other health and governmental agencies, we have taken steps to protect you, your families and our team of dedicated healthcare staff while maintaining services. As a reminder, we are tele-triaging for clinic visits. Call 903-389-2181 if you need to see a healthcare provider. If you are having emergent symptoms, our ER is ready and standing by to take care of you.
FMC WOULD LIKE TO ADDRESS RUMORS SWIRLING AROUND OUR COMMUNITY CURRENTLY
Word on the street is Freestone County has no reported cases of COVID-19 because FMC is conspiratorially hiding information from the public. This is extremely and highly offensive to the caregivers of FMC who are standing in the gap, day in and day out, taking care of our patients as if nothing is going on. We put ourselves in harm’s way, each and every day – fearful for our own safety and the safety of our families – but do the jobs we agreed to perform without complaint.
First, test results, when available, are reported to FMC, just like any other test result. That information is protected and shared only between the patient and his or her caregiver. Second, for COVID-19, any positive test result is reported by the testing lab to the Texas State Department of Health Services for public information sharing. You can visit the website, above, for the most accurate and up to date information concerning testing and confirmations at any time, day or night. Thirdly, in regards to our current staffing situation, we are operating at our normal staffing capacity. We are not short-staffed or “struggling” to fill our schedules. Our dedicated team is showing up and showing out every day on behalf of you, our valued community members.
FMC appreciates those who have lifted us up in prayer, sent words of encouragement and offered support during this trying and unprecedented time in healthcare.
Thank you for allowing FMC to be your Neighbors caring for Neighbors Right Here at Home.