From CEO, Brian Whitfield:

"This morning, my administration is meeting to discuss a rise in COVID positive cases over the weekend. The McCurtain Memorial Hospital Emergency Room saw 11 positive cases this weekend while the clinics saw an additional 8.

The health and safety of our patients and staff is top priority at MMH. At this time, the following protocols will be initiated:

1. All MMH employees will be masked up during all patient encounters.

2. Persons waiting in the Registration Department will be required to wear a mask, covering the mouth and nose, at all times. All Registration staff must be masked at all times. Following all patient encounters, ink pens and surfaces are to be cleaned and sanitized. Seating will be positioned at least 6' apart in the waiting areas of the Hospital and the clinics.

3. All visitors within the hospital must be masked at all times while in patient rooms. No visitors under the age of 12 will be permitted in the hospital unless it is an end-of-life case and with hospital administration approval.

4. All vendors coming into the hospital will be required to be masked at all times while in the facility.

5. Environmental Services will need to make rounds to high-traffic areas in the hospital at least every 30 minutes to clean and sanitize all high-touch surfaces.

The Hospital is working to mitigate the spread of the virus. We ask that our community do their part in this process by washing your hands often, wearing a mask while in confined spaces with others and if you are willing, be vaccinated. Just as importantly, check on each other regularly and ensure that especially children and the elderly are not experiencing complications, if sick.

For any additional information, please call Slade Dollarhide, the Hospital's Infection Control Nurse, at 580-208-3279 or the Chief Nursing Officer, Dustin Leonard, at 580-208-3163. Together, we can mitigate the spread of the virus and keep each other safe.

The Hospital administration is monitoring the situation and will take all necessary steps to protect patients and staff. Please continue to follow us on facebook and at www.mmhok.com for additional information.