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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

Pediatric Pfizer Vaccines

The child must be between the ages of 5 and 11 years old.

The child must be accompanied by a legal guardian at the time of vaccination.

This is a two shot series, the second dose is scheduled 21 days from the first appointment (same time and same location).

Appointments available Monday, December 6th and Tuesday, December 7th from 2:00 to 4:15pm.

CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE

Moderna COVID-19 Boosters

CDC booster recommendations allow for a “mix and match” booster dose. For individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their primary series:

65 years and older

Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings

Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions

Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings (such as healthcare facilities)

The Moderna booster dose is half the dose that is administered for the primary series dose.

For individuals who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for those 18 and older who were vaccinated two or more months ago.

Appointments available Thursday, December 9th and Friday, December 10th from 9:00 to 11:15am.

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Vaccine Phone Line: 830.426.7921

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

Visitation guidance is designed for the safety of all patients and employees in the interest of limiting exposure to respiratory illness and containment of the COVID-19 virus while balancing patient needs for family support. Visitation provides patient comfort and emotional support which is an essential part of a healing environment.

Upon entry to the building, visitors will be screened for respiratory symptoms and exposure to COVID-19. Visitors will follow universal masking guidelines at all times. This guidance will remain in place until further notice.

Please keep in mind, visitation may be restricted based on patient volume and acuity.

As of October 2021:

Two visitors will be allowed in the following patient care areas:

  • Med/Surg Department
  • Labor & Delivery Department
  • Obstetrical Ultrasounds
  • Transitional Care / Swingbed

One visitor will be allowed in the following patient care areas:

  • Emergency Department
  • Outpatient Surgery

Visitors must:

  • Be at least 10 years of age
  • Have no known close contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19 within the last 14 days
  • Have no signs or symptoms of lower respiratory illness (per the screening guidelines)
  • Wear a mask at all times, in and outside the patient room. Visitors who refuse to comply will be escorted from the facility.
  • Follow social distancing guidelines at all times. Visitors who refuse to comply will be escorted from the facility.

Tobacco Use: As recent health studies have found, tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death and disease in the U.S. As a healthcare organization, Medina Regional Hospital is taking a lead role in addressing this major health issue. Smoking and the use of chewing tobacco, or any other tobacco-related products, is not permitted at any Medina Regional Hospital facility or within the Medina Healthcare System by patients or visitors. Tobacco use can be a serious physical and emotional addiction, and Medina Regional Hospital offers support to its patients. Visitors may not use tobacco on hospital property.

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