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January 11, 2021 Coronavirus Updates

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

COVID-19 Vaccine

Each week the Medina Healthcare System is notified by the Department of State Health Services if Medina Healthcare System will receive any vaccines for the upcoming week.

Week 5: January 11 - 17, 2021:

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.

Vaccine Status: All doses have been committed for this week.

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.

An Important Note: Unfortunately, there are no vaccinations available for the general population, yet, but we are hopeful this will be forthcoming soon. The Medina Healthcare System is not maintaining a list at this time for individuals interested in the vaccine. With the small allocation, the administrative team is working to focus on the need to complete top Tiers. Please refrain from calling the hospital/clinic as this will only bog down the phone lines further.

Thank you for understanding

COVID-19 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.

If you do not have symptoms but are worried you may have been exposed, please consider quarantining at home and making an appointment if symptoms arise.

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.

Clinic Appointments

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. For questions or to schedule an appointment, please contact 830.426.7444.

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 2:00-4:00 pm on Friday.

Telemedicine Requirements:

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

Our providers are here to help you feel better at our clinics or through your smart phone.

Please call 830.426.7444 to schedule your appointment.







As on June 27, 2020 no visitors will be allowed in any inpatient areas until further notice.

Exceptions may be made for:

  • Pediatric caregiver
  • Patients admitted to Labor and Delivery
  • Emergency Department companion
  • Outpatient area companion
  • Clinic companion

The number of visitors for end-of-life situations will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

No children are permitted as visitors at this time.

Our Café and Gift Shop are both closed to the public at this time.

Visitors must:

  • Be at least 10 years of age
  • Have no close contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19 within the last 14 days
  • Have no signs or symptoms of lower respiratory illness
  • Wear a mask at all times, including in patient rooms
  • Follow social distancing guidelines at all times
  • Never gather in hallways or other common areas of the facility

Do not visit if you have:

  • Fever, cough, shortness of breath, runny nose or sneezing
  • Been exposed to Coronavirus

Patients and companions must submit to a health screening before entrance.

Postponement of non-urgent Elective Surgeries

At this time, select elective surgeries and procedures may be scheduled. Urgent and emergent procedures will continue as needed. For information about when your procedure will be scheduled, please contact your health care provider.

We are committed to ensuring that all our patients have access to the care they need as well as remaining committed to our community by ensuring that our staff, supplies and resources remain available for the evolving COVID-19 pandemic.

We understand that this decision will cause inconvenience for our patients and staff. Please be assured that we will be making every effort to reschedule these non-urgent surgeries and procedures as soon as possible.

Outpatient Appointments

To reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community during this unprecedented time, we ask all patients to wear a face covering to their appointments.

Event Cancellations

To help ensure the safety of our community during the COVID-19 outbreak, we're postponing or canceling community outreach events at this time.

How can you support Medina County patients?

Please consider giving the following items in kind or donate HERE for Medina Healthcare Fund:

Receiving your donations

We thank you for your support!

Please send an email to a brief contents description and item amounts on the donation box. This will help us immensely with our sorting and prioritization efforts.

Donation considerations for our priority supply needs:

SANITIZER - Accepting all condition "New" hand sanitizers and sanitizing wipes such as PDI, Clorox or otherbrand - Accepting all condition "New" clinical grade disinfectants, including wipes, sprays and sanitization solutions with at least 70% alcohol

MASKS - We will accept all condition "New" mask/respirator donations in boxed or packaged form - Isolation/procedures masks will need to be new in boxed or packaged form - N95 masks will need to be new in boxed or packaged form

For official N95s, we will need to have a copy of the NIOSH certificate included as part of the delivery contents and emailed to so we can be compliant to clinical guidelines for our patient caregivers. o Preference will be given to unexpired N95s from Halyard, Moldex, 3M, Medline, Alpha Protech, or Gerson o Expired masks from Moldex, 3M, Medline, Alpha Protech, and Gerson are also graciously accepted. Unfortunately, expired Halyard N95s cannot be accepted.

Other brands of N95s, KN95s, or other international makes and models of respirators will be accepted.

GLOVES - We can only accept "Latex Free" gloves and in all sizes – S, M, L,XL - Must be in unopened boxes

GOWNS and SHOE COVERS - Accepting all condition "New" clinical gowns and "New" shoe covers - Isolation gowns will need to be fluid resistant, not necessarily be fluid impermeable

FACE SHIELDS and GOGGLES - Accepting all condition "New" plastic face shields - Face shield and goggles will need to be fluid resistant and googles must prevent any splashes to the eyes.

We are also grateful to receive cloth masks from the community.

All masks must be tight-weave cotton fabric without a respirator hole and must be able to be washed in very high heat.


Materials needed

  • Tight-weave cotton fabric (i.e. quilting cotton)
    • Fabric must be newly purchased within approximately the past year and never used.
    • Wash and dry fabric without fragrance or dyes prior to sewing.
  • Options for Ties
    • Bias Tape (either ½ or 7/8 as available)
      Make ties from strips of fabric indicated above (cut strips 2 " wide by 16" long)

One adult mask requires two (2) 9”x6” pieces tight-weave cotton and four (4) 16" pieces of bias tape or fabric ties (64" total per mask). Therefore, one yard of 44" wide fabric yields 12-15 masks. You need 21 1/3 yards of bias tape for 12 masks.

  1. Place right sides of cotton fabric together (Be sure any fabric design is placed horizontally.)
    1. Cut 9x6 (Adult)
  2. Starting at the center of the bottom edge, sew around the edges of the fabric leaving about 1.5" to 2" open.
  3. Stop, cut the thread. Turn inside out.
  4. Pin three (3) ½" tucks on each side of the mask. Make sure the tucks are the same direction.
  5. Make ties using Bias Tape or Fabric.
  6. Bias tape: stitch closed.
  7. Fabric: Fold in half, turn under 1/4 " on each long side, iron in place. Stitch long edges closed.
  8. Pin one (1) tie at each corner.
  9. Sew around the edge of the mask twice, catching the bias tape as you go.


Materials needed (with elastic)

  • Tight-weave cotton fabric (i.e. quilting cotton)
    • Fabric must be newly purchased within approximately the past year and never used.
    • Wash and dry fabric without fragrance or dyes prior to sewing.
  • Rope Elastic, beading cord elastic will work (you may also use 1/8" flat elastic if ¼" is unavailable. Some have used wider flat elastic and cut it in half with some success).

One adult mask requires two (2) 9x6" pieces tight-weave cotton and two 7 inch pieces of 1/4" elastic. Therefore, one yard of 44" wide fabric yields 12-15 masks. You need 7.5 yards of elastic for 25 masks (14 inches per mask).

  1. Put right sides of cotton fabric together (Be sure any fabric design is placed horizontally.)
    1. Cut 9x6 (Adult)
  2. Starting at the center of the bottom edge, sew to the first corner, stop. Sew the elastic with the edge out into the corner. A few stitches forward and back will hold this.
  3. Sew to the next corner, stop, and bring the other end of the same elastic to the corner and sew a few stitches forward and back.
  4. Now sew across that top of the mask to the next corner. Again, put an elastic with the edge out.
  5. Sew to the next corner and sew in the other end of the same elastic.
  6. Sew across the bottom leaving about 1.5" to 2" open. Stop, cut the thread. Turn inside out.
  7. Pin 3 tucks on each side of the mask. Make sure the tucks are the same direction
  8. Sew around the edge of the mask twice.