As of June 25, Lander County reported five additional cases of COVID-19. One previous case had been transferred to another county. According to a release from Battle Mountain General Hospital, the breakdown is as follows: 

• 32 confirmed cases through PCR testing; 

• 2 cases through antibody testing; 

• 10 active cases; 

• 23 recovered cases; 

• 1 unknown location. 

At this time, 728 PCR tests have been performed in Lander County. 

Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases statewide, the governor issued a mandate last week requiring masks in public places. 

“Lander County residents are encouraged to do their part to decrease the spread of COVID-19,” BMGH said, and released the following statement:

Please be advised that we (BMGH) continue to practice our enhanced procedures for Covid-19 in an effort to provide for both patient care and community protection. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work out the safest way to care for our patients. The situation is evolving quickly, and we are working diligently to adapt with a mix of caution and accommodation as your healthcare provider. We need to be sure you are aware of our limitations and precautions on required protection and visitation.



SAFETY 

PROCEDURES

IN THE OFFICE

Part of our process includes screening patients over the phone prior to coming in for appointments. Please remember to be very thorough and disclose any symptoms and physical or mental changes you have experienced. In addition, we also screen all patients and visitors for fever and symptoms of COVID-19 upon entering.

We ask that anyone entering the facility wear a face mask or nose and mouth cover, and that you wear the mask upon arrival and at all times when in our facility. Please remember, even though you are encouraged to wear a face covering, surgical masks and N95 masks are still critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders. You can make your masks from household items you likely have lying around, or at really low cost. The CDC has guidance on how to make them, wear them, and wash them.



LIMITATIONS ON VISITORS

Patients are allowed only 1 visitor with them during appointments and Emergency Room visits as necessary and this person must wear a mask as well. Before coming to your appointment, please be sure to check with the office to see if you are permitted to bring a visitor with you. We understand some people need assistance getting to and during their appointments. Rest assured, if medically necessary, we can make accommodations. Please be sure your visitor follows the guidelines we’ve put in place to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Moving forward safely – that’s our goal. Everyone wants to get back to “normal.” But it’s our responsibility to do so in a way that doesn’t put people more at risk.

Please listen to the guidance of our medical staff. If we advise you to come into the office for your visit, please trust that our offices are safe to visit, especially with our protocols in place. If you have an appointment scheduled and you are now sick (and you haven’t yet notified our office), you need to call us before coming into the clinic so we can best direct you. Please be assured that we continue to take all possible steps to ensure the safety of our patients and our staff. Your help with this process is greatly appreciated.