Hays, Kansas. –A patient with COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, or SARS-CoV-2, has been admitted to HaysMed, part of The University of Kansas Health System, for treatment. The patient is in a specially equipped area that is designed to prevent the spread of the virus to other patients, visitors, staff and physicians.
Upon arrival, caregivers wearing protective personal gear coordinated the patient’s entry into the hospital. No other patients, visitors or caregivers were exposed. HaysMed followed CDC and KDHE guidelines to protect caregivers, patients and visitors from exposure.
We will not share information about patients admitted for COVID-19 in order to protect their privacy as required by federal law. County and state health departments work in tandem for contact tracing and will notify people at risk per their protocols. All questions related to public safety should be directed to the appropriate governing agency.
HaysMed’s top priority is the safety of our patients, caregivers, and the community. Our expert clinicians regularly care for patients with severe respiratory illnesses and other infectious diseases. They are well trained and follow specific procedures using the tools and techniques in place to protect themselves, including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
HaysMed is a regional referral hospital for the area, taking care of patients from all over western Kansas, including COVID-19 patients also. We are equipped and ready.
Employees are safe to come to work. While some patient appointments have been postponed or delayed, patients who have appointments for conditions which they must be present and seen by a provider are safe to keep their medical and outpatient appointments. You can also contact your clinic about setting up a telehealth visit.
If you have questions or concerns about the novel coronavirus please call the COVID-19 hotline at 877-261-7140. The hotline is available 7 days a week from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.
For additional media information please contact Jill Chadwick, News Director, Medical News Network, The University of Kansas Health System at 913-588-5246 or 913-223-3974.