CHI St. Joseph Health is closely following the latest developments with coronavirus. We remain in constant contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local health departments and are implementing their recommendations as we learn more about this disease. The safety of our visitors, patients, local communities, employees, and physicians remains our highest priority and we are taking steps to limit the spread of the virus and care for those who need it. We will continue to provide updates on this page as more information becomes available.
Information about coronavirus
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (abbreviated to COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 was first identified in Wuhan, China. COVID-19 has now spread to a number of countries including the United States, where several states have reported cases. The list of these confirmed cases can be found here.
While most people are at low risk of contracting the virus, it can spread through close contact with someone who is already infected. Learn more about how coronavirus is spread on the CDC website.
Here are a few simple actions you can take to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
Patients with COVID-19 have mild to severe respiratory symptoms that can include fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath.
What should I do if I am experiencing symptoms of coronavirus?
If you believe you have symptoms of COVID-19, follow the steps below to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home or community:
How are hospitals preparing to treat coronavirus patients?
Our hospitals are following the latest guidance from the CDC and public health agencies. We are prepared with staff, supplies, and equipment to identify, isolate, and treat any patients who seek care at our facilities. Staff trainings and planning sessions are ongoing, in partnership with local health officials.
Where can I get more information about coronavirus?
We will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available. You can also find the latest on the CDC website as well as the website of your local health department. For more information about current COVID-19 cases in Texas, visit the Texas Department of Health Services website. The state case count is updated each day by 10:)) AM. For other COVID-19 related questions or concerns, DSHS has a dedicated call center that is available Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more infomation, please call 1-877-570-9779.