ATTENTION: COVID-19 UPDATE
The safety and well-being of our staff and patients is our utmost concern. Recently, Governor Greg Abbott’s executive order lifted the mask mandate. Please understand that the Pate residences are licensed by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (THHSC) and must follow the guidelines and safety precautions THHSC mandates. We are also monitoring Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines to also ensure that we maintain a safe treatment and work environment. Please know that guidelines and procedures do frequently change based on new research and we will update our procedures accordingly. Below are our current guidelines. We are happy to answer any questions about the steps we are taking to keep everyone safe during this pandemic.
- Everyone is required to wear a mask while inside a Pate facility.
- All persons will be screened for fever or illness and will be prohibited from remaining on the premises if they present coronavirus-related risk factors.
- No one is allowed in clinics or patient residences if:
- They have potential COVID -19 symptoms (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle aches, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, etc.)
- They have had contact with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, they are under investigation for COVID-19, or they have been ill with respiratory illness in the last 14 days
- Employees who are sick with any form of respiratory illness or fever are instructed to stay home.
- We are using preventative measures, including frequent and proper handwashing, use of hand sanitizers, minimization of person to person contact when possible, proper cough/sneeze etiquette and social distancing.
- Patients who meet CDC criteria for testing for coronavirus will be referred appropriately for testing.
- We have enhanced sanitation measures for surfaces in high traffic areas and those with frequent hand contact.
- All non-essential staff are working from home.
- Pate Rehabilitation has cancelled community activities such as group outings.
- Transitional patients with fever or acute respiratory symptoms will be restricted to their rooms. If patients must leave the room for medically necessary reasons, they will wear a mask if possible and will return promptly to their own rooms.
- Essential caregiver visits can be scheduled after completion of all needed training and require following of all safety guidelines explained during the training.
- All other visits will continue to require masks, social distancing and staff monitoring. We currently have outdoor visitation options and indoor visitations with a plexiglass barrier.
- We encourage families and loved ones to use an alternative means of contact with patients, such as phone or video chat, to maximize contact with their loved one.