New RSV Protocols
After a statewide alert from the Texas Department of State Health Services and an increase in cases of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) locally, CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System officials have updated visitation practices for the Women’s and Children’s areas of its hospitals. No visitors under the age of 18 will be allowed in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Mother/Baby Unit, or the Labor and Delivery Unit.
The safety of our patients is our top priority, and the restriction will remain in place until RSV cases decrease and it is deemed appropriate to return to normal visitation practices.
Thank you for your support in providing a safe environment for our patients.
Do not enter our premises if:
- You have been around someone in the last 14 days who has a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19
- You have any of the symptoms below
- One of the following
- Shortness of breath*
- Or at least TWO of the following:
- Muscle or body aches*
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat*
- Nasal congestion or runny nose*
*If you are experiencing this symptom, is it new or different?
The health and safety of our patients, visitors, physicians, Associates and our communities remain of utmost importance. Following CDC's recommendation for Universal Masking, CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System is requiring all visitors, patients, physicians and employees to wear masks while at any of our facilities at all times. While we are providing masks to our Associates and physicians, we will not provide medical isolation masks to visitors. This is to ensure we have the supplies we need for direct patient care. Hospitalized patients do not have to wear a mask while in their rooms.
We urge visitors and patients to feel free to wear homemade cloth masks or disposable masks they bring from home. Fortunately, Mayo Manufacturing has generously donated disposable masks that we can offer to our visitors while supplies last. You can also learn more about how to make your own cloth masks by visiting the CDC website.
Our health professionals providing care for suspected COVID-19 or known COVID-19 patients wear N95 respirator masks along with other PPE (personal protective equipment).