Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
our safe care commitment
We are not done caring.
Delta Health is committed to keeping you safe while providing the care that you need from the people you can trust, close to home. Here are the steps we are taking to keep you safe in our Hospital and Clinics.
For more information on our frequently asked questions, visit our FAQ page about receiving care at our Hospital and Clinics.
Here’s how we’re keeping you safe when visiting Delta Health Hospital and Clinics:
- Verbal Screening for COVID Symptoms
We have implemented a pre-screening process for every person entering our Hospital and Clinics. Upon entry an employee will ask each person a series of questions regarding COVID related symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, or muscle/body aches.
- Masks or Face Coverings
Everyone entering our Hospital and Clinics (employees, patients and visitors) must wear a mask or face covering per the Colorado State Mandate. Please bring your own mask or face covering, or if you do not have a mask or face covering, one of our employees will provide you with one.
- Washing Hands and Sanitization Stations
We have multiple sanitizing stations located throughout our Hospital and Clinics to make it easy for patients, visitors and staff to easily clean and sanitize their hands frequently. We also provide visual reminders to practice hand hygiene.
- Visitor Restrictions and Social Distancing
We have implemented a series of visitor restrictions for the different departments at our hospital and clinics to ensure everyone’s safety and to allow for proper social distancing in our facilities. Learn more about our. Delta Health Visitation Policy During COVID-19. We also ask that everyone practice social distancing by staying at least 6ft (2M) from other people. Access to community meetings in the Delta Health education classrooms are suspended until further notice.
- Telehealth Options at Delta Health Primary Care Clinics
We continue to offer Telehealth options at all Delta Health Primary Care Clinics, allowing patients to connect with their providers virtually. Learn more about Telehealth options.
- Cleaning and Disinfecting our Hospital and Clinics
Surfaces in our Hospital and Clinics are being cleaned on a routine basis to ensure the safety and well-being of our patients, visitors and staff members. Your health and safety is our top priority.
- Separate Area Entrance for Respiratory Patients
At all Delta Health Primary Care Clinics we have designated entrances for respiratory patients to ensure that they can be cared for safely, securely and separately from non-respiratory patients in our Clinics.
- Aligning with Federal, State and Local Agencies
We are constantly collaborating with federal, state and local agencies on the latest guidance to ensure that we are up-to-date on the latest measures and safety practices.
- Surfacide UV-C disinfection technology
We are proud to use the Surfacide Helios UV-C technology that uses ultraviolet light to prevent the spread of dangerous microorganisms and targets viruses including COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2. Learn more here.
For more answers to some of our most frequently asked questions, visit our Delta Health FAQ Page.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU THINK YOU’VE BEEN EXPOSED TO COVID-19 OR HAVE SYMPTOMS
If you have symptoms of a cough, fever, or shortness of breath, please CALL your Primary Care Provider (PCP) clinic for a verbal phone screening and further instructions BEFORE going to see your provider.
- If you are experiencing severe respiratory distress and/or need immediate assistance, call 9-1-1 and let them know you are concerned you may have COVID-19.
- If you present to the Emergency Department and have concerns about COVID-19, and have the symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath please remain in your car please and call 970.874.2221 and wait for further instructions.
We are recommending that community members take the CDC’s recommended precautionary measures:
- Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Wear a cloth face covering.
The Delta County Health Department
- Will test all requests for COVID testing. Patients with symptoms of COVID or with a positive exposure will continue to receive a state test barring that supply does not dwindle. Testing is by appointment on Tuesdays from 9:00 am-5:00 p.m. You can visit the Health Department’s website here.
- Will continue to test with the Mayo test in our clinics for patients with symptoms and surgery testing if the patient does not have a PCP in our hospital system. Symptomatic may get a rapid test. The rapid POC testing may be covered by insurance or cash pay of $80.00.
- If the patient has a physician within our hospital system they should be referred to that office.
- Delta County entities (i.e. police, fire, and ems), patients within the Delta Health system that are first responders, health care workers, and front line staff may receive a rapid POC test if exhibiting symptoms or exposure to a known positive.
- Delta Health clinics will not test for travel, students, or any non-symptomatic. These individuals will be referred to the county health department. Contact 970-874-2172 to make an appointment with the Delta County Health Department.
- If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 infection (fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose/nasal congestion, shortness of breath, muscle aches, or inability to smell or taste), please contact your Primary Care Provider’s (PCP) office first, and they can discuss testing and care options. If you do not have a PCP, call Delta Health Family Medicine at 970-874-5777 or Delta Health West Elk Clinic at 970-872-1400.
- If you are being asked to be COVID-19 tested for an upcoming surgery, please proceed to the testing site your surgeon has directed. Pre-operative testing can be done by calling your primary care provider’s (PCP) office to schedule an appointment. If you do not have a PCP, testing can also be done at Delta Health Family Medicine at 970-874-5777 or Delta Health West Elk Clinic at 970-872-1400.
- If you have general questions about COVID-19, call the state’s help line, CO HELP, at 303.389.1687 or 1.877.462.2911 or email COHELP@RMPDC.org for answers in English and Spanish (Español).
- Sign up for the West Region of Colorado Emergency Notification System CodeRED.
- Regional Resources visit Mesa County Health Department’s web page.
Looking to Donate or Support Delta Health?
Your support today helps address a variety of emerging needs related to COVID-19 helping Delta Health maintain its critical role. Your gift will help support the care needed for our community. #DeltaCountyStrong
A fund, COVID-19 Response Efforts, has been established at Delta Health Foundation. Any contributions to this fund will go directly to assisting in the massive efforts at the hospital to deal with this crisis, including the purchase of N95 masks, face shields or goggles, isolation gowns, nitrile gloves and other equipment and supplies essential to COVID-19 patient care. You can give online or by sending a check payable to Delta County Memorial Hospital to PO Box 10100, Delta, Colorado 81416.
Other ways to help:
- Donate cloth masks, 100% cotton fabric, elastic to Delta Health
- Volunteer to deliver groceries or run errands for at-risk populations
- STAY HOME as much as possible – while volunteers and supplies are needed, your safety is still a top-priority and social distancing is the best line of defense for individuals.
Delta Health Foundation Contact:
- Kaitlyn Jones is the Delta Health Foundation Director and Volunteer Coordinator organizing the above opportunities for Delta County
- Jacqueline Davis, MHA, Marketing Director/Public Informations Office, Delta Health
DELTA HEALTH – HOSPITAL VISITATION POLICY DURING COVID-19
Updated Visitation Policy During COVID-19
Main entrance hours:
Monday – Friday: 6 AM – 8 PM
Closed Saturday and Sunday
Emergency Center entrance is open 24/7
All persons entering the facility will be screened for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and will be required to wear a mask at all times.
- No visitors allowed in any area under the age of 18.
- If it is determined someone may pose a risk of COVID-19, the department where they are going for care
will be promptly notified and appropriate measures will be taken to mitigate risk of transmission.
- For those accompanying a patient to the hospital for a diagnostic test, imaging or a procedure, we ask
that you assist the patient to their scheduled area and then return to the waiting room.
- As a precaution during the pandemic, it is preferred that all visitors stay in the patient room for the
duration of their visit.
Below is an explanation of visitation per department at this time:
- Adult Med/Surg and ICU areas (non-COVID only) – Up to 2 designated visitors will be allowed for nonCOVID patients admitted to Med/Surg or ICU for the entire hospital stay. These visitors will need to check-in at the concierge desk at the hospital entrance where they will be screened and their names will be checked on a visitors list obtained from the units. Visiting hours will be 7:00 am – 8:00 pm. We will not allow overnight visitation except in special circumstances.
- Compassionate considerations for end-of-life (non-COVID only) – Up to 4 designated visitors for the entire
hospital stay will be allowed for non-COVID patients at end-of-life and only 2 people at the patient’s bedside at a time.
- COVID+ Adult Med/Surg and ICU areas – No visitors will be allowed for COVID+ patients at this time with the
exception of patients placed on comfort care status.
- COVID+ Compassionate considerations for end-of-life and Comfort Care Status – Only 2
designated people will be allowed to visit a COVID+ patient placed on comfort care status. If a
patient’s condition deteriorates during a time that visitors are not present, staff will reach out to
designated visitors and allow them to return to be with patient. If visitors leave the room, they will be asked to leave the building and not return before the following day unless the patient’s condition deteriorates. Designees are visiting a COVID+ patient at their own will and risk of exposure.
- OB Department —The patient’s support person (spouse, significant other or other individual deemed by the patient) will be allowed ONLY if not symptomatic or ill. We are restricting visitors age 60 and older for their protection and ours. If this is a hardship for the patient, please contact the OB department.
- PACU/OR — One visitor will be allowed in the Pre /PACU area. Any surgical patient’s family will be allowed to wait in the surgical waiting area as long as they keep their mask on at all times.
- Pediatric Patients — Two visitors will be allowed with pediatric patients. We ask that the pediatric visitors stay
in the patient room at all times. We understand that parents or caregivers may need to alternate to care for
other family members.
- ED — One visitor per patient, per patient visit will be allowed in the ED. Visitors are to remain in the patient
room and limit movement throughout the department. Visitors must keep a face mask on while in the
department and in the patient room when staff is present. Visitors are discouraged from trading out except
under special circumstances as determined by the ED physician, charge nurse, department director or
administration. It is expected the visitor stay in the patient room and if the visitor leaves the room, they will be asked to leave the building. Patients that are positive for COVID or under suspicion may have one visitor (that lives in the same household) while in the ED.
We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.