COVID-19 Information

Dear Patient and Families,
To ensure excellent patient care, as well as family and visitor safety, the Southeast Colorado Hospital District team are working around the clock to stay on top of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. We continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 in our community and may update the guidelines as needed to provide the safest care to everyone.
Visiting Hours and Guidelines:
All visitors are required to wear masks over their nose, mouth, and under their chin AT ALL TIMES. Visitors who do not comply with this rule will be asked to leave.
COVID-19 Screening:
Everyone entering the hospital must check in at the Business Office and complete a daily screening survey. The Business Office will direct all visitors after screening is completed. (From 5pm -7am all visitors must check in at the nurse's station for screening). In order to ensure the safety and health of all patients and our staff, people who show signs and symptoms of a communicable disease will not be permitted to visit.
General Visitation: Inpatient Area (Patients Without COVID-19)
Two healthy visitors per day per patient. Visitors must stay in the room of the patient they are visiting. Do not enter other patients' rooms during the visit. If the patient must leave their room for other medical treatment in the hospital, visitors will not be allowed to accompany them. Visitors should remain in the patient's room until leaving for the day. Once the visitor exits the hospital, they will not be allowed to return until the next day.
General Visitation: Inpatient Area (Patients With COVID-19)
Window/video visits only.
Visit to patients who are at end of life:
Immediate family: spouse and children.

During this challenging time, we ask that patients and visitors follow the staff's direction and understand that the evolving circumstances will result in variation of visits. Thank you for your patience and for placing your trust in us.

Hello all. Baca County Public Health Agency has been was notified that we have two (2) new laboratory confirmed cases in Baca County. Out of respect for patient's privacy, we will only release the following information (No other information will be released at this time):
The patients:
Are a residents of Baca County.
Have been placed into isolation after receiving the positive test results.
Close contacts are being contacted and will be placed in quarantine.
Baca County case numbers:
(March 11 to present) current COVID total cases are two hundred seven-one (271). Other Baca County information is as follows (Tuesday April 20, 2021 @ 4:00pm):
Positive case: 271
Hospitalizations: 14
Current hospitalizations: 1
Deaths: 4
Depending on report timing, BCPHA's totals almost match CDPHE's totals on their website. I just checked and it is showing 274 cases. Here is the website:

Thank you,

Cindi Parsons
Baca County Administrator

Weekly COVID-19 notification for 4/20/21

Weekly COVID-19 notification for 4/20/21
Since May 8, 2020 (when the federal government issued reporting requirements), we have had 74 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within Southeast Colorado Hospital District (SECHD) Employees AND we have 1 cluster of three or more residents/staff with new onset of respiratory symptoms within 72 hours of each other.
Here is a more detailed update regarding the prevalence of COVID-19 in our HOME. As of 4/20/21
• Currently 0 residents and 0 LTCC/ALZ staff have confirmed/active COVID-19. If a resident test positive, we will notify the resident's representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment. We also follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including return to work guidance, for staff who test positive.
• 7085 residents and SECHD staff have cumulatively tested negative for COVID-19.
• 74 SECHD staff members and 13 residents have recovered from COVID-19.
• It has been 84 days since a resident or LTCC/ALZ staff member has tested positive.

SOUTHEAST COLORADO LONG TERM CARE CENTER/ALZHEIMER'S UNIT is staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances. We are also following guidance from the CDC and CMS to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, such as:
• Enhanced infection control precautions
• Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for symptoms
• Restricting visitation and entry of people to the building
• Testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability of tests
• Postponing communal events
• Limiting communal dining to those neighbors needing assistance or on altered diets
• encouraging residents to wear masks and social distancing when out of room.
• Asking residents to cover their mouth and nose when staff enter.
• All staff wear masks and eye protection whenever in the home.
• Residents are encouraged to wash hands or hand sanitize before and after every meal.
Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.
We know you are concerned about your loved one, but it is crucial that we restrict visitation to reduce the spread of this virus to others. We will contact you directly if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.
We also understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important to our residents. Family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, on social media, skype, or outdoor visitation. You can schedule video chats and calling by calling the nurses station - LTCC- 719-523-2144 or the ALZ 719-523-2140. For video chats and calling you may also email or call the Life Engagement Department at 719-523-2159. We have a nursing home Facebook page and you can find us under SECH LTCC - we do shout outs throughout the month. If you want to schedule outdoor visitation call 719-523-2141 (outdoor visitation has been cancelled until further notice, sorry for the inconvenience).
We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact our center. Please call for nursing question at Heather Burdick, DON @ 719-523-2144 or Glenice Wade ADON 719-523-2141, email for nursing questions at or
For administrative questions please contact Dave Engel, CEO @ 719-523-2130 or email at .

Let's keep that rate down:
o Wear a mask;
o Stay at least 6 feet away from others;
o Limit social interactions to those within your household;
o Symptom/temperature check all in your family before going out for necessary activities;
o Cover coughs and sneezes;
o Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth;
o Clean high touch surfaces;
o Stay home if you are sick; &
o Wash your hands appropriately and frequently.

Here are some prevention recommendations:

In the previous weeks of January through May Southeast Colorado Hospital District / Rural Health Clinic vaccinated many of the governor's vaccination categories and older BACA county residents; and we would like to thank everyone that participated.

Subject: COVID-19 Vaccine Details
On 12/28/2020 our organization received the first round of our allotted COVID-19 vaccine doses. The state of Colorado has developed a vaccine distribution plan that dictates frontline health care workers be in the highest priority tier of people to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. There are hundreds of thousands of Coloradans that fall under this category, and the state will not initially receive enough doses of the vaccine to cover everyone that wants one. In light of this, Southeast Colorado Hospital District has adopted a formula that prioritizes staff based on who is the highest risk healthcare worker (employees who work inside COVID patients room) . Please check with your supervisor to see if you are eligible to receive the vaccine. All eligible staff members are encouraged to speak with their primary care providers to determine if they should receive the vaccine. COVID-19 vaccinations are voluntary for all staff at this time.

It is important to remember that the Moderna vaccine is a two-part injection that must be given four weeks apart. Anyone who elects to receive the vaccine will be guaranteed access to both necessary doses. Some mild but common side effects have been reported, and the state, CDC and FDA have developed processes to track and report side effects. Southeast Colorado Hospital District will be following CDC guidance on quarantining for staff members who elect to receive the vaccine and exhibit side-effects. For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine, visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's website.

The state will receive and distribute COVID-19 vaccine doses to our facility on a rolling basis. These shipments will vary in size and may be from different manufacturers as the FDA continues to consider EUAs for vaccines.

Remember, COVID-19 vaccines do not negate the need for appropriate PPE and other infection prevention tactics. While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be necessary for everyone to continue using PPE to mitigate the spread of the virus.

If you have any questions about the vaccine, please contact infection control at 719-523-2173. Thank you for all you do for our patients during these difficult times.


Dr. Javier

Important Community Health Message - COVID-19
COVID-19, also called coronavirus, is a significant health issue in our country today.

Here are some reminders to help contain the spread of the virus and keep everyone safe. We are in this together.

Recent increases in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations across the country are deeply concerning. In the past 4 - 6 weeks positive cases have quadrupled from 23 to 79. Some areas will experience new peaks in the coming weeks. The second wave is here, even though the first wave never truly subsided.

Please, for our community, stay on guard. Wear a mask, get a flu shot, avoid large gatherings, and practice social distancing. This pandemic is not disappearing on its own. Lives of loved ones are still on the line.

As your local healthcare resource, we are dealing with the toll of this virus and are doing everything possible to care for our community in a safe manner. We need healthy staff to care for you.

Please continue to take precautions, especially as the holidays and our regular flu season approach.

Some facts:
• According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), everyone should wear masks in public settings, including at events and gatherings, for public or mass transportation - whenever you will be around others.
• In addition to masks, the CDC recommends social distancing and regular handwashing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
• Travel increases the chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
• With Thanksgiving and other holidays approaching, consider alternative ways to "gather" and "visit." Limit in-person get-togethers; stay home if you are sick. Outside events are preferable. Also, an event should be kept small, ideally 10 people or fewer.

Thank you,

Dave Engel - FACHE
Southeast Colorado Hospital District
373 E. 10th Ave.
Springfield, CO 81073
719-523-4501 Ext. 130

Immediate Release
Monday, November 2, 2020
Conor Cahill |

AARP Recognizes Colorado as
Model for Addressing COVID-19 in Nursing Homes

DENVER - The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) recognized Colorado as a model for addressing the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes. AARP has launched a new Nursing Home Dashboard with state-by-state data showing Colorado's progress mitigating spread in long-term care facilities.

"It's an honor to receive this recognition from one of the nation's most distinguished organizations focused on addressing issues affecting older Americans," said Governor Polis. "We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly challenging for seniors living in nursing homes. While we are still fighting this virus, it is heartening to know that our Residential Care Strike Team is now being used as a national model."

In its initial assessment, analyzing data through Sept. 20, Colorado fared significantly better than the U.S. national average in three critical categories:
• Nursing Home Resident Cases (per 100 residents, four weeks ending Sept. 20):
o Colorado: 1 per 100 residents.
o National state average: 2.6 per 100 residents.
• Nursing Home Resident Deaths (per 100 residents, four weeks ending Sept. 20):
o Colorado: 0.17 per 100 residents.
o National state average: 0.48 per 100 residents.
• Nursing Home Staff Cases (per 100 residents, four weeks ending Sept. 20):
o Colorado: 0.9 per 100 residents.
National state average: 2.5 per 100 residents.

"I commend Gov. Jared Polis and CDPHE, and specifically the Residential Care Strike Team, for their leadership as national models for proactively addressing a difficult situation," said Bob Murphy, the State Director of AARP Colorado.

"We have made tremendous progress reducing COVID-19 cases in long-term care facilities, thanks in large part to decisive action taken by the Residential Care Strike Team back in May," said Randy Kuykendall, CDPHE director of health facilities. "The Strike Team will continue to meet and make recommendations for as long as the virus remains a threat in group-living settings."

The Residential Care Strike Team was formed in May and immediately set to work addressing five main areas: testing, enforcement and education, increased access to personal protective equipment, isolation plans, and staffing improvements.

In the U.S. more than 84,000 residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities have died from COVID-19, representing 40 percent of all COVID-19 fatalities in the nation, according to Kaiser Family Foundation's most recent analysis released October 8.

Additional data points providing more information about each category in the AARP Nursing Home Dashboard are available online at

Symptom Update for COVID 19
The CDC has updated the COVID 19 symptoms.
Watch for symptoms.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported - ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
• Fever or chills
• Cough
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• Fatigue
• Muscle or body aches
• Headache
• New loss of taste or smell
• Sore throat
• Congestion or runny nose
• Nausea or vomiting
• Diarrhea
This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.
Post by Karma G. Wilson MSN, RN
Informatics/Infection Control

Southeast Colorado Hospital District Long Term Care Center is proactively informing you that we will be participating in testing for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This surveillance is at the request of the Federal and State regulatory agencies.

We want our county/community to know this surveillance will be conducted with the assistance of the National Guard. We will have our second sampling collection the first week of July. Samples from Residents and Staff will be sent to the state lab.

We are happy the State and National Guard are assisting us to keep our elders safe from COVID-19 exposure.

Important tips for face masks.Your face covering should:
Reach above the nose, below the chin, and completely cover the mouth and nostrils
Fit snugly against the sides of the face
Be made of multiple layers of fabric that you can still breathe through
Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damaging the material or shape
Do not buy surgical masks to use as a face covering. Those are intended for healthcare workers and first responders. Many items you may already have in your home can be used to create face coverings.
Try creating a cloth face covering using bandanas, ski masks, washable napkins, or dish towels.
Learn more at

Southeast Colorado Hospital District and Long Term Care Center,
Your providers at Southeast Colorado Medical Clinic want to remind you that your health is essential. We want to reach out to make sure everyone is staying safe and healthy. We understand staying home to protect yourselves from COVID-19, but do not put your other health conditions on hold. We do not want a medical problem getting worse by waiting too long.
Our clinic is safe and ready to see you. Please do not think that you are burdening our medical staff by making an appointment. We work in healthcare because we care about your health, that will never change. We have put into place recommended new precautions to keep our patients safe. Every patient and staff member is screened according to guidelines daily and masks are being worn at all times.
We have also implemented Telehealth visits. These are visits you can do from the comfort of your home using a safe video conferencing software with your smartphone, table or computer. You and your provider will be able to see each other face-to-face. Our providers are very accommodating and will make sure you are taken care of safely, even if that means they need to see you inside your vehicle.

We have many options available for appointments. To schedule an appointment with your primary provider, please call (719) 523-6628 and we will find the best and safest choice for you.