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Coronavirus Updates

Learn more about COVID-19 pandemic by visiting the CDC, Texas Department of State Health Services, and the Medina County Health Unit.

We are excited to announce the opening of our new vaccine clinic located behind Medina Specialty Clinic #3 at 3202 Ave G, Hondo, Texas 78861.

Vaccine

Vaccine Phone Line: 830-426-7921

Weekly Update

August 16th, 2021

  • Vaccine Status: Moving forward we are referring all vaccine appointments to The Medina County Health Unit. The Medina County Health Unit is taking walk-ins for COVID vaccines Monday-Thursday, 7:30am-11:00am and 1:00pm-5:30pm. Pfizer doses available upon appointment. To schedule an appointment or for more information please visit their website.

August 9th - August 15th, 2021

  • Vaccine Status: Medina Healthcare System is not scheduling vaccine appointments for this week. The Medina County Health Unit has vaccines available, check out their website for more information.

August 2nd - August 8th, 2021

  • Vaccine Status: Medina Healthcare System is not scheduling vaccine appointments for this week. The Medina County Health Unit has vaccines available, check out their website for more information.

July 26th - Aug 1st, 2021

  • Vaccine Status: Medina Healthcare System has Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccines.
  • Appointments available in Natalia, Texas at the City of Natalia Council Chambers on Thursday, July 29th from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

July 19th - July 25th, 2021

  • Vaccine Status: Medina Healthcare System is not scheduling vaccine appointments for this week. Please check back next Monday, July 26th.

July 12th - July 18th, 2021

  • Vaccine Status: Medina Healthcare System has Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccines.
  • Medina Healthcare System is currently targeting anyone 18 years or older.

July 5th - July 11th, 2021

  • Vaccine Status: Medina Healthcare System has Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccines.
  • Medina Healthcare System is currently targeting anyone 18 years or older.

June 28th - July 4th, 2021

  • Vaccine Status: Medina Healthcare System is not scheduling vaccine appointments for this week. Please check back next Tuesday, July 6th.

June 21st - June 27th, 2021

  • Vaccine Status: Medina Healthcare System has Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccines.
  • Medina Healthcare System is currently targeting anyone 18 years or older.

June 14th - June 20th, 2021

  • Vaccine Status: Medina Healthcare System has Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccines.
  • Medina Healthcare System is currently targeting anyone 18 years or older.

June 7th - June 13th, 2021

  • Vaccine Status: Medina Healthcare System has Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccines.
  • Medina Healthcare System is currently targeting anyone 18 years or older.

May 31st - June 6th, 2021

  • Vaccine Status: Medina Healthcare System has Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccines.
  • Medina Healthcare System is currently targeting anyone 18 years or older.

May 24th - May 30th, 2021

  • Vaccine Status: Medina Healthcare System has 50 doses of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine.
  • Medina Healthcare System is currently targeting anyone 18 years or older.

May 17th - May 23rd, 2021

  • Vaccine Status: Medina Healthcare System has 100 doses of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine.
  • Medina Healthcare System is currently targeting anyone 18 years or older.

May 10th - May 16th, 2021

  • Vaccine Status: According to this week's vaccine distribution announcement, Medina Healthcare System was not allocated any vaccines for distribution.

May 3rd - May 9th, 2021

  • Vaccine Status: According to this week's vaccine distribution announcement, Medina Healthcare System was not allocated any vaccines for distribution.

April 26th - May 2nd, 2021

  • Vaccine Status: According to this week's vaccine distribution announcement, Medina Healthcare System was not allocated any vaccines for distribution.

April 19th - April 25th, 2021

  • Vaccine Status: Medina Healthcare System has 100 first dose Moderna vaccines.
  • These doses will be used in accordance with the tier system for vaccination, as regulated by the CDC.
  • Medina Healthcare System is currently targeting anyone 18 years or older.

April 12th - April 18th, 2021

  • Vaccine Status:According to this week's vaccine distribution announcement, the Medina Healthcare System received 150 first dose Moderna vaccines and second dose Moderna vaccines. These doses will be used in accordance with the tier system for vaccination, as regulated by the CDC.
  • Medina Healthcare System is currently targeting anyone 18 years or older.

April 5th - April 11th, 2021

  • Vaccine Status: According to this week's vaccine distribution announcement, the Medina Healthcare System received 750 doses of the Moderna vaccine. These doses will be used in accordance with the tier system for vaccination, as regulated by the CDC.
  • Medina Healthcare System is currently targeting anyone 18 years or older.

March 29th - April 4th, 2021

  • Vaccine Status: According to this week's vaccine distribution announcement, the Medina Healthcare System received 800 doses of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine. These doses will be used in accordance with the tier system for vaccination, as regulated by the CDC.
  • Medina Healthcare System is currently targeting anyone 18 years or older.

March 22nd - 28th, 2021

  • Vaccine Status: According to this week's vaccine distribution announcement, Medina Healthcare System was not allocated any vaccines for distribution.

March 15th - 21st, 2021

  • Vaccine Status: According to this week's vaccine distribution announcement, the Medina Healthcare System received doses of the Moderna vaccine. These doses will be used in accordance with the tier system for vaccination, as regulated by the CDC.
  • Medina Healthcare System is currently targeting: 50 and older, healthcare workers, first respondents, teachers, school staff, and child care providers.

March 8th - 14th, 2021

  • Vaccine Status: According to this week's vaccine distribution announcement, the Medina Healthcare System received doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. These doses will be used in accordance with the tier system for vaccination, as regulated by the CDC.
  • Medina Healthcare System is currently targeting: 65 and older, healthcare workers, first respondents, teachers, school staff, and child care providers.

March 1st - 7th, 2021

  • Vaccine Status: According to this week's vaccine distribution announcement, Medina County was not allocated any vaccines for distribution.

February 22nd - 28th, 2021

  • Vaccine Status: According to this week's vaccine distribution announcement, the Medina Healthcare System received 1st dose vaccines. These doses will be used in accordance with the tier system for vaccination, as regulated by the CDC.
  • Medina Healthcare System is currently targeting:Healthcare workers, first respondents, members of the community 70 and older.

February 15th -21st, 2021

  • Vaccine Status: According to this week's vaccine distribution announcement, Medina County was not allocated any vaccines for distribution.

February 8th - 14th, 2021

  • Vaccine Status: According to this week's vaccine distribution announcement, the Medina Healthcare System received both 1st and 2nd dose vaccines. These doses will be used in accordance with the tier system for vaccination, as regulated by the CDC.
  • Medina Healthcare System is targeting: health care workers, first respondents, and members of the community 75 and older.

February 1st - 7th, 2021

  • Vaccine Status: According to this week's vaccine distribution announcement, the Medina Healthcare System did not receive 1st dose vaccines.
  • Medina County has applied to be a hub but has not been approved yet.

January 25th - 31st, 2021

  • Vaccine Status: According to this week's 7 vaccine distribution announcement, the Medina Healthcare System did not receive 1st dose vaccines.
  • The Medina Healthcare System did receive the 2nd Dose Vaccination allocation and will begin completing the booster for health care workers, first respondents, and members of select chronic programs designated by the system.

January 18th -24th, 2021

  • Vaccine Status: According to this week's vaccine distribution announcement, Medina County was not allocated any vaccines for distribution. This includes all vaccination sites in this district.

January 11th - 17th, 2021

  • Vaccine Status: All doses have been committed for this week.
  • Medina Healthcare System has been allocated 100 doses for Week 5 (January 11-17, 2021)
  • These doses will be used in accordance with the Tier system for vaccination, as regulated by the CDC.
  • Medina Healthcare System is still targeting Health Care workers and first respondents.
  • Members of select chronic programs designated by the system.
  • Texas made the decision last week to direct most of the vaccine distribution for this week to large providers who can vaccinate 100,000 people. Those selected in Bexar County were the University Health System and the San Antonio Metro Health District.

Testing

Testing will be offered to patients that have been seen by a provider within the Medina Healthcare System and have a scheduled testing time and a valid order. Please note testing kits are limited. Drive through testing without a scheduled appointment and order are not available at any of the Medina Healthcare System locations.

COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Medina Healthcare System offers the following types of tests:

Molecular Testing:

We are proud to announce that the Medina Healthcare System has purchased a molecular testing unit for the hospital that will test to the highest level of specificity for COVID-19. This unit will be used for patients that present with severe symptoms and have a risk of hospitalization. The Polymerase Chain Reaction test is currently the gold standard for testing for COVID-19 and we are happy to offer this service to qualifying patients.

Antigen Testing:

We now offer the rapid diagnostic test known as antigen testing at all Rural Health Clinic locations with a provider order. This convenient test is completed with a nasal or throat swab and results are available in about an hour. The antigen test detects the presence of the virus when a patient is most infectious. You may be asked to take this test for secondary confirmation or your provider may order a molecular test based on your results and symptoms.

Antibody Testing:

Medina Healthcare System possesses the capabilities to accurately test for antibodies related to COVID-19. This antibody test will be completed through the system’s molecular testing unit in the hospital lab and will provide accurate results related to antibodies. The cost of this test will be less than $40 and could be covered by insurances. As has been noted in the news, knowing whether one has recovered from COVID-19 is almost as important as knowing if one has it. The antibody test assists in the ability to know a patient’s status, assists researchers in understanding the disease prevalence, to include why some people are more severely impacted than others. This test also provides determination of whether one is a candidate for convalescent plasma therapy or can assist in the development of a future vaccine.

Planning for Flu Season:

The most important thing one can do when planning for the upcoming flu season is to have a flu shot. The Medina Healthcare System will begin offering flu vaccines for all ages on September 15th and established patients can walk in for a flu shot during office hours.

Follow Medina Healthcare System on Facebook for updates, or visit the website for information related to services provided. For additional questions or to schedule an appointment at one of Medina Healthcare System’s rural health clinics, dial 830-426-7444.

If you have additional concerns, please consider calling our 24 hours nurse line before coming to the emergency room (830.426.7400).

Monoclonal Antibody Infusions

For some time now, the Medina Healthcare System has been offering Monoclonal Antibody Infusions to the community as a treatment option for COVID-19. This was a service that we have been able to offer, however, for the foreseeable future the service will not be offered locally at the Medina Regional Hospital. On September 15, 2021, the system was notified that all orders have been cancelled by the federal government and due to this change, Friday, September 17, 2021, will be the last infusion clinic scheduled until further notice.

At this time, the state has not provided further details on how patients will be referred to infusions sites, but preliminary information from the state seems to be that all infusion orders will be referred to regional infusion sites – locations to be determined. We fully recognize that state/territorial health departments know best where product is needed in their areas. Transitioning to a state/territory-coordinated distribution system will give health departments maximum flexibility to get these critical drugs where they are needed most. The providers of Medina Healthcare System will ensure that as the process is rolled out, it is incorporated into the patient care provided within the system.

For more information regarding this change, please visit https://combatcovid.hhs.gov/i-have-covid-19-now/monoclonal-antibodies-high-risk-covid-19-positive-patients

Visitor Protocol

As of February 23, 2021, one visitor will be allowed in the following patient care areas:

  • Emergency Department
  • Outpatient Surgery
  • Obstetrical Ultrasounds
  • Labor & Delivery Department
  • Med/Surg Department
  • Swingbed

This visitor will be the designated support person for the patient and remain consistent during the stay. Visitors are not interchangeable.

Sanitation Protocol

The leadership and staff at the Medina Healthcare System are committed to ensuring patients remain safe and healthy during these uncertain times.

Our facilities are thoroughly sanitized several times throughout the day to safeguard against the spread of disease.

Telemedicine visits for sick appointments are offered in our Medical Clinics in Hondo, Devine, and Castroville. In addition, in-person sick visits are being scheduled from 3:00 to 4:00 pm on Monday through Thursday and from 2:00 to 4:00 pm on Friday.

Telemedicine Requirements:

  • Device with camera
  • Microphone
  • Speaker
  • Reliable internet access

Our providers are here to help you feel better, please call 830.426.7444 to schedule your appointment.

Consent Form

If you are scheduled for a COVID-19 vaccine you will be asked to fill out the consent form below and bring it with you to your scheduled appointment.

Moderna Consent Form

Janssen Consent Form