‘Stay home,’ two local hospital officials say

The presidents of two Central Texas hospitals issued a joint statement Friday urging residents to comply with shelter in placed orders to avoid a surge that could overwhelm local medical facilities. (WRDW/file)
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) The presidents of Ascension Providence Hospital and Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center issued a joint statement Friday urging residents to comply with shelter in placed orders to avoid a surge that could overwhelm local medical facilities.

“As healthcare leaders who see the impacts of the virus each day, we urge you to please stay home and comply with the "shelter in place" order from the City of Waco that was issued on Monday, March 23,” Philip Patterson, president of Ascension Providence, and Glenn Robinson, president of Scott & White Hillcrest said.

“As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise daily in our community and across the country, we can attest firsthand to how important the 'shelter in place" order is to maintain the health and safety of the community and avoid a surge of patients that could overwhelm medical facilities,” the two said.

“This order for the Waco community is in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, but in order for it to work, everyone must comply.”

As of early Friday afternoon, 33 cases of the virus had been confirmed in McLennan County.

At least one of the patients has recovered.

WHAT DOES 'SHELTER IN PLACE' MEAN?

The term “shelter in place” means to stay in your home and not leave unless necessary for one of the exceptions listed in the Order. Residents are required to stay inside their homes unless they are engaged in certain “essential activities.” On those occasions when you are out of your home for necessary tasks, stay at least six feet away from others.

YOU CAN...

Go to the grocery store
Go to the pharmacy to pick up medications and other healthcare necessities
Go to medical appointments (check with your doctor or provider first)
Go to a restaurant for take-out, delivery or drive-thru
Take a walk, ride your bike, hike, jog and be in nature for exercise — just keep at least six feet between you and others in the community not from your household
Walk your pets and take them to the veterinarian if necessary
Comply with court orders and/or custody orders

YOU SHOULD NOT…

Go to work, unless you are providing essential services as defined by this Order
Gather in groups or visit friends and family
Have play dates for kids
Maintain less than 6 feet of distance from others when you go out
Visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility, or other residential care facilities

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE IN QUARANTINE & SELF- ISOLATION?

If you're sick, isolate yourself from others. You must isolate at least 7 days after your symptoms started and until they have gone away. *Please consult your physician for best practices. If you've been exposed to COVID-19, quarantine yourself and monitor your symptoms for 14 days. This is for others protection as well as your own. *Please consult your physician for best practices. (Source: Waco/McLennan County)

Essential businesses include healthcare, grocery stores; farmers’ markets; food banks; convenience stores; liquor stores; farming; livestock; fishing; social services; newspapers; television stations; radio stations; other media outlets; gas stations; auto supply; auto repair; banks and financial; hardware and construction supply; plumbers; electricians; exterminators; mailing and shipping services; laundromats; dry cleaners; restaurants (drive-thru or takeout); food trucks; businesses that sell products needed by those working from home; businesses that ship or deliver groceries; food products or services directly to homes; airlines; taxis; private transportation services; home-based care for seniors; adults of children; residential facilities and shelters for seniors; adults and children; professional services such as law offices; accounting firms; insurance and real estate; childcare facilities (under specified conditions); utilities; telecommunication; trash collection; law enforcement; EMS and paramedics; animal shelters; janitorial and maintenance services; funeral homes and providers; defense; space and technology; technology support; and scientific research.

Essential activities include travel related to health care or health care for pets; picking up supplies needed to work from home; making purchases at a grocery store (one person per family); picking up food at a restaurant; caring for a family member or pet in another household; and outdoor activities such as running; biking or walking.