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PMC takes precautionary measures

Parmer Medical Center (PMC) is staying abreast of the ever-changing guidelines being issued by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) regarding COVID-19, more commonly referred to as Coronavirus. The following information may change at any time. If you have any questions regarding the current guidelines being followed at PMC, please do not hesitate to call (806) 250-2754 and ask for Devin Carpenter, Director of Nursing; Rhonda Wilkins, Director of Senior Services; or Gayla Quillin, CEO.

In an effort to maintain the health and safety of the community, we are limiting traffic and visitors through our hospital and clinic. The front door and emergency department door will be the only two doors that are not locked. Everyone should enter through the front doors except those needing emergency services. During non-business hours, the front doors will be locked and everyone will need to enter through the emergency department.

PMC is required to prevent non-essential visitors from access into the clinic and hospital facilities. Essential visitors include government personnel; one designated caregiver acting on the patient’s behalf, such as a parent of a minor or a legally authorized representative. Please remember that these restrictions also apply at Friona Rural Health Clinic.

At the direction of Governor Greg Abbott, hospitals are required to implement access restrictions and check point screenings. All individuals entering the facility will be screened for elevated temperature, respiratory symptoms and travel history. If the screening indicates an individual might have been exposed or infected with COVID-19, we will direct you to the clinic to be evaluated by one of our providers. We are required to immediately report it to the local health department or to the Department of State Health Services.

We will be limiting visitors for hospitalized patients to only one adult per visit and no more than two visits per day. Adults are defined during these precautionary times as anyone age 18 or older.

We are asking for all visitors to wash their hands before entering the patient rooms and once again before exiting the patient’s room. Please remember that good hand washing and not touching your mouth, nose, and eyes are the best defense you have against contracting COVID-19.

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing, similar to seasonal flu. Travel and exposure to infected individuals are also considered when screening for possible COVID-19. Our providers will be following the CDC guidelines regarding testing.

Thank you all for working with us to try and maintain a healthy and safe community – especially for our vulnerable population.