08/05/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 08/04/2020 23:21
Posted 8/03/20 (Mon)
Mobridge Regional Hospital and Clinics is ushering in the final dog days of summer with a vital addition to our Alaska AMEDD Medical Shelter: an HVAC system. The shelter is currently being used to house staff and equipment while doing COVID-19 testing and outdoor clinic visits. While a temporary A/C unit was in place, the official high-powered HVAC system will allow us to cool the shelter during hot days and heat it during the coming cooler months making it a more versatile work space in all seasons. We look forward to utilizing it and appreciate all individuals that helped to make this available to MRH&C and our patients including Walworth County, and our former Walworth County Emergency Manager, Amanda Silbernagel, the State of South Dakota and our National Guard. 'I want to personally recognize the engagement, response, and extra effort put forth by Amanda Silbernagel,' said MRH&C CEO John J. Ayoub, 'She really went the extra mile to ensure we had access to the tent, even going so far as to pick it up and deliver it to us herself on a holiday.'
The shelter, as well as the new HVAC system, is part of our coordinated COVID-19 response as we continue to be as prepared as possible to care for our patients when they need us most. Since the start of COVID-19, MRH&C has conducted 1,146 tests (as of August 2) with 29 tests coming back positive; this is a 2.5% positive rate. Please note that these tests are not necessarily for individuals within our community, county or even our state. Rather, these numbers reflect the number individuals that presented to one of our facilities and met the criteria for testing and were tested at the lab housed within Mobridge Regional Hospital. As the number of tests being conducted and positive cases continues to rise, we encourage all individuals in our community to take precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19. This includes social distancing, washing your hands, sanitizing frequently touched surfaces and wearing a mask. Remember, we're all in this together so we need everyone to take these measures as well as encourage others to do the same.
If you are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19, please call 845-3692 to speak with our triage nurse. Any tests conducted at MRH&C must be ordered by your primary care provider, and our triage nurse can help screen you and set you up with an appointment that will allow minimal exposure to those around you. Please do not arrive at the facility to be tested without calling ahead to be screened and receive instructions from our staff as testing locations may vary depending upon weather.
If you are experiencing an emergency and need immediate medical attention, please call 911 or seek care through our emergency room.