Nocona General treating its first COVID-19 patient

On July 30 Nocona General Hospital implemented additional safety protocols after the first lab confirmed case of COVID-19 was admitted to the hospital.
Lance Meekins, hospital administrator, confirmed the case on Friday, but did not provide any additional details. This is the first COVID-19 patient to be admitted to the hospital for treatment since the pandemic was announced.
On the hospital’s Facebook page Thursday morning the following “updates,” were listed to be effective immediately:
• No visitors will be allowed for hospital patients except for end-of-life situations.
• Only patients will be allowed into the building for physical therapy, labs, radiology or clinic visits.

• The wellness center will be closed through Aug. 12.
Further changes for these policies will be posted on the hospital’s social media page.
Dr. Delbert McCaig, Montague County health authority, shared the daily report he receives from the Department of Health and Human Services and on Friday there was a total of 59 COVID-19 cases.
As of Friday there were six active cases that were reported to still be in isolation. State confirmation of cases continues to run several days behind.
The DSHS Dashboard reported as of 11 a.m. on Friday a total of 412,107 reported COVID-19 cases in Texas with 6,274 fatalities.There were an estimated 260,542 recoveries and 145,291 active cases. Figures are updated twice a day.
There are a total of 3,911,270 tests reported in the state.
The also reported on July 30 cumulative fatalities have been corrected for July 27, 28 and 29.
As DSHS shifted to using death certificate data to count fatalities this week, an automation error caused approximately 225 fatalities to be included that did not have COVID-19 listed as a direct cause of death.

A manual quality check revealed the issue late Wednesday and it was corrected by state officials.

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