Hospital, Clinic and Nursing Home clamping down on Coronavirus

By Tim Huether

“This is only the beginning,” remarked Bennett County Hospital, Nursing Home and Rural Health Clinic CEO Andrew Riggin when asked about the COVID-19 dilemma  facing medical facilities around Bennett County and around the world.

“The protocol itself changes every day and sometimes multiple times a day,” Riggin stated when asked what they are doing at the facilities in Martin. “We have at least five or six different email streams that all sort of stem from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), and they try to evaluate and help us out a little bit.”

“Currently the nursing home is locked out to visitors unless it is an end of life scenario,” explained Riggin. “As far as the hospital, for the most part, it’s business as usual, and we have screening processes in place. The ER (Emergency Room) itself will have its separate screening room. That way we continue to keep people out of the ER that should not necessarily be exposed to what is going on in there. Most of those individuals will be those that call in and say, ‘I have a sore throat and I have a fever and I don’t think I was exposed to anybody’, but the issues of exposure, nobody really knows if they are or are not because the issue of a contagious area is such a large window. That’s why we are saying, if you don’t have to be out, don’t be out.”

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