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Case count creeps up, as hospital resuming services

Nocona General Hospital will begin slowly phasing back in for all of its out- and in-patient surgical services starting next Tuesday,

“We’re going to start next Tuesday with one out-patient surgical procedure a day,” reported NGH CEO Lance Meekins.

“We’re doing that so we can monitor our PPE (personal protective equipment) usage and make certain we’re not exceeding our ability to maintain supplies,” he said.

Like hospitals across Texas, NGH stopped all elective surgical procedures in March in an effort to shift PPE usage over to addressing the Covid-19 pandemic.

For the past three weeks a task force of physicians, nurses and staff at NGH have met weekly to discuss how and when to begin resuming procedures.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported a total of 75 Covid-19 tests run on patients with county addresses. Eight of the tests were positive, five have been deemed ‘recovered’, there has been one fatality, and two remain in self-quarantine with none currently hospitalized.

Read more in this week’s edition of The Nocona News.

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