Yoakum Community Hospital confirms previous patient tested positive for COVID-19

YOAKUM, Texas- A male patient was seen on March 7th at the Yoakum Community Hospital who presented mild flu- like symptoms, returning a couple days later (specifics of date was not given) with shortness of breath which prompted the Emergency Position on call to transfer the patient to an Austin facility for testing. The test was positive for COVID-19.

Yoakum Community Hospital has identified all the staff that meet the criteria for surveillance under CDC guidelines.

Effective March 13, 2020, the following measures will be instituted at Yoakum Community Hospital:

1. YCH will restrict access to the Hospital for patients, visitors, employees, and clinical personnel. Access will only be through the emergency room doors and Professional Office Building doors.

2. There will be a formal check-in and check-out for everyone.

3. Patients are limited to one companion— no exceptions during this time.

4. Public access to the Bistro (Cafeteria) will not be allowed at this time.

YCH is still open for all emergency and hospital services.

This is a developing story, we will update as more information becomes available.