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Shawnee hospital takes extra precautions for coronavirus; nursing home limits visitors

Kim Morava
@Kim_NewsStar

While everyone navigates though all the information associated with the new coronavirus risk, SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital Shawnee and others providing healthcare are taking proactive measures in Shawnee.

“We understand that members of our community are concerned about the COVID-19,” said Carla Tollett, marketing director for SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital – Shawnee, which is actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation.

“Our facility has no confirmed cases of COVID-19, but we are taking proactive measures to ensure we are as prepared as possible,” she said Thursday.

Delivering exceptional patient care, while ensuring the continued safety of employees, providers, patients and guests is the priority, Tollett said, as they are following the most up-to-date CDC guidelines and taking all appropriate safety measures. 

“We encourage the public to monitor the CDC website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html for the most current information about COVID-19 and if there are questions or concerns, please call the Oklahoma State Department of Health call center at 877-215-8336,” Tollett added.

With the coronavirus concern, area nursing homes also are taking extra precautions and are even limiting visitors to keep residents safe, including Colonial Estates Nursing Center in Shawnee.

“We are asking non-essential visitors, including family members, contractors, and volunteers to avoid visiting our facility for the time being. Loved ones can communicate with residents by using video chat, calling, texting, or checking in on social media,” said Karen Phelps, RN, Administrator of Colonial Estates.

She said the facility is also following the same infection prevention procedures used during flu season, such as hand washing, using alcohol-based hand sanitizers, covering coughs, and disinfecting the environment.

Read more about what other local nursing homes are doing in the Weekender edition.