[DODGE CITY, Kan.]
Western Plains Medical Complex (WPMC) in Dodge City, Kan. shared its updated visitation policy on its Facebook page on August 10, stemming from the increased COVID-19 cases in the community and surrounding area.
“Our top priority is safeguarding the health and wellbeing of our patients, providers, employees and community,” said WPMC on their Facebook page. “As a result of the increase in COVID-19 cases in our community as well as the increase in COVID-19 admissions to our facility, we are making the following updates to our visitation policy, effective immediately:
- No visitors in any COVID or isolation rooms.
- ED visitation will be determined with volume of COVID positive patients.
- In all other patient rooms, (Med/Surg & ICU) only one visitor allowed during visitation hours. All visitors must be 18 and older.
- Please utilize alternative methods of communication, including technology, with patients as much as possible.
WPMC administration was responsible for the change in visitation and have been asking hospital board members their thoughts.
According to Dr. R.C. Trotter, Ford County Health Officer, WPMC currently houses about six COVID-19 positive patients.
“What we are seeing is vaccinated people testing positive with minimal to no side effects. That is why we need to mask up,” said Dr. Trotter. “In the past 24 hours we have seen three COVID-positive cases who have been vaccinated. Now, they are not sick and that is what we expect but it means people should mask up.”
Dr. Trotter elaborates, if a person is COVID-19 positive but is asymptomatic due to the vaccine, they can unknowingly infect a non-vaccinated person, make them susceptible to illness.
When asked how close WPMC is to reaching their original COVID-19 protocols, Dr. Trotter stated it was being discussed.
WPMC ended their Facebook announcement with, “thank you for your continued understanding and cooperation as we work to maintain a safe environment for our patients and team.”
Additional information can be found at www.westernplainsmc.com/covid-19-information.