CenterPointe Hospital Resumes Admissions After Rigorous Measures to Contain and Combat COVID-19
ST. CHARLES COUNTY, APRIL 10, 2020 – This evening CenterPointe Hospital in St. Charles today announced that patient admissions have resumed following extensive cleaning and disinfecting of patient care areas. There have been no new positive cases there today. The hospital is waiting on test results for 5 additional staff. The hospital has reported 27 staff members and four patients tested positive for COVID-19 over the past several weeks. All are quarantined.
“The health and safety of our staff and patients is our number one priority,” says Azfar Mailk, MD, Chief Medical Officer at CenterPointe. “After thorough measures to combat the virus in our facility, we are confident that it is safe to resume the intake of patients. We also know that by doing so, we can help relieve the stress on the region’s healthcare systems by diverting patients with behavioral health and addiction needs here, instead of to hospitals where they would take desperately needed beds and staff attention that is needed to fight COVID-19.”
CenterPointe administration and staff continue to work closely with the St. Charles County Department of Public Health and have taken numerous proactive measures to control and contain the virus. The hospital has followed all procedures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) to protect all patients, staff, families and the public.
“The fact that there are no new positive cases today indicate to us that efforts to control the spread are working,” says CenterPointe CEO Scott Williams. “In resuming patient intake, we are continuing the important work of providing behavioral health and addiction services during this challenging and uncertain time. We are immensely grateful for our CenterPointe staff and all healthcare professionals around the country who put themselves on the front lines of this virus each day.”
Williams says more than 60 staff have been tested for COVID-19, including those without symptoms who may have been exposed to the virus and who, under current state and federal guidelines would not ordinarily meet the criteria for testing. He said the hospital acquired those tests on their own. Employees who have tested positive are quarantined at home and return to work according to CDC guidelines.
All staff and vendors entering into the hospital have their temperatures taken and are given masks. Staff working on quarantined units are provided with N95 masks and additional personal protective equipment (PPE).
Additional measures to combat COVID-19 implemented by CenterPointe include suspending visitation; educating patients and keeping them apprised of developments regarding the virus; encouraging social distancing among patients and reducing group size; quarantining units on which patients with known positive results have resided; and moving outpatient services to telehealth.
Anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms such as dry cough and fever, should isolate themselves from others and call a healthcare provider. People who visited the facility but do not have symptoms do not need to self-quarantine unless they notice COVID-19 symptoms. If you have questions, call the St. Charles County Public Health Information Hotline from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily at 636-949-1899, or visit sccmo.org/COVID for more information.