COVID-19 - Community Health 

Updates From
City Of Decatur
Office of Emergency Management

April 7, 2020

AS OF APRIL 6, 2020 EVENING

Over the Weekend

1946 new Texas Cases

50 new Texas DeathS


Texas 211

Texans can dial 2-1-1 (option 6) for information on COVID-19 and local community resources on health care, utilities, food, housing and more. www.211texas.org


Wise Health System (WHS)

****Social Media Release, April 4th 2020***

“Wise Health System’s contracted third-party laboratory vendor notified us today that a patient in our care that was tested for COVID-19 resulted as a positive case. The patient was identified as a potential patient under investigation (PUI) from the moment the patient presented at the hospital, therefore appropriate precautions during the patient’s entire stay have been taken and no other patient, visitor or employee exposure is anticipated.

Wise Health System has been providing our daily testing and results information to the Wise County Fire Marshal’s Office/ Office of Emergency Management, as well as other required agencies.

Wise Health System has been actively preparing for COVID-19 since early January. Our COVID-19 team has been meeting daily to discuss supplies, logistics, emergency management processes and protocols, and other necessary measures to ensure the health of our patients, visitors and employees.

Additionally, out of abundance of caution and in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines Wise Health System actively screens patients prior to admission, has enacted a no visitor policy and all staff are wearing masks or other proper PPE suited to their job, to minimize risk of exposure within our facility.”


Further Updates from WHS

There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans.

Learn more here: https://www.wisehealthsystem.com/health-topic/covid-19/?fbclid=IwAR2VWJ5kzNjT7u-QESH2Baq2Em9ldHJFzZdpzC3xoIXGdlsKoTyLnFPq0nw


Clean Your Hands Often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

What You Need To Know About Handwashing https://youtu.be/d914EnpU4Fo


Police & Fire 

April 2020 Public Safety and COVID19

VIDEO LINK: https://www.facebook.com/decaturtxfd/videos/666113880804097/

This is the second episode of our Public Safety Monthly video program. This is a collaboration between the Police Department and Fire Department. Our April 2020 episode covers frequently asked questions, precautions agencies are utilizing as well as best practices for our community to deal with the pandemic.


Have questions or concerns? Would you like to see us cover another topic?

Please reach out to us via social media, email or give us a call.

Decatur Police Department
Non-Emergency Phone: 940-393-0300
decaturpd@decaturpd.net

Decatur Fire Department
Non-Emergency Phone: 940-393-0230
dfdinfo@decaturfd.com


Conclusion

As the world responds to Covid-19, country after country is faced with the need to contain the spread of the virus at the cost of bringing its society and economy to a standstill.

At face value there is a trade-off to make: either save lives or save livelihoods. This is a false dilemma – getting the virus under control is a prerequisite to saving livelihoods.

Please reach out to our office if you have need or questions.


Be safe and well.

Nathan R. Mara
Fire Chief | EMC
City of Decatur Fire Department
Office of Emergency Management
1705 South State Street
Decatur, TX 76234
Office 940-393-0230
www.decaturfd.com