EL CENTRO — El Centro Regional Medical Center has seen the most confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Imperial County to date. ECRMC CEO Dr. Adolphe Edward gave an update to the Imperial County community via Facebook Live Tuesday, March 24.
According to Edward, ECRMC has tested 39 individuals for COVID-19. Four have tested positive, seventeen have tested negative, and 18 are still pending. ECRMC also offers testing from an individual’s vehicle to reduce entrance to the hospital.
Of the four positive cases, there have been three admissions to ECRMC. Two are currently in ICU, receiving care in San Diego. There is currently one COVID-19 patient receiving care at ECRCM, according to Edward.
ECRMC mitigation efforts include checking the temperature of staff members upon entering the hospital, encouraging social distancing, encouraging individuals to call the hospital if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, keeping some staff members at home, and separating COVID-19 patients and possible patients from the regular patients and staff.
“We’re testing our staff when they’re coming in, for temperature, because we want to make sure that they’re healthy and ready to serve you,” said Edward.
Edward thanked his staff, the community, and several others for their continued efforts to reduce and respond to the current pandemic.
Local seamstresses have sewn masks and donated them to the hospital, for which Edward said he was very thankful. He also thanked Walmart for donating hand sanitizer to ECRMC.
“I want to thank a whole lot of people that are out there because they’re working very hard … Again, I want to thank our staff for the hard work. Everyone is committed to making this better. They’re committed to making Imperial County healthier,” said Edward.
ECRMC hosts Facebook Live videos every Tuesday and Friday at 1:00 to keep the community updated on their practices and findings regarding the coronavirus pandemic. They encourage Imperial County residents to tune in.
Pioneers Memorial Hospital confirmed one positive case of COVID-19 Friday, March 20.
The Imperial County Public Health department announced three positive cases Tuesday, March 24. According to their press release, the three patients are self-quarantined in their homes due to being asymptomatic and not requiring hospitalization. The three new cases tallies Imperial County positive COIVD-19 cases to nine. The three individuals were identified to have contracted the virus through close personal contact with previously confirmed local cases.
There is currently no evidence of community spread, according to the health department.