COVID-19 Actions

April 23, 2020

Starting tomorrow, Friday, April 24, Palo Pinto General Hospital will resume medically necessary surgeries. We remain committed to preventing the community spread of COVID-19, providing the utmost quality care to our patients, and ensuring the hospital is a safe place.

For the safety of our patients and staff members, all patients will be screened for COVID symptoms and exposure pre-operatively and on the day of surgery. At this time, no visitors will be allowed in the building. Patients will be dropped off by a support person at the ER entrance. A staff member will call the support person after surgery with an update and when the patient is ready to be picked up.

Thank you for your corporation and understanding.

April 6, 2020

Palo Pinto General Hospital is doing everything in our power to keep our staff, patients, and community safe during the growing COVID-19 pandemic. We would like to update you on some of the safety measures we have implanted at the hospital:

  • All employees and visitors are required to wear a  mask while in the building.
  • We limited the number of employees in the building.
  • We have also changed our visiting policy, currently no visitors are permitted at the hospital.
      • The only exceptions to this will be for parents of minors, extenuating circumstances, and one significant other on the maternity unit.

We support Gov. Abbott executive order requiring all Texans to stay home unless they are participating in an essential service or activity. We stay at work for you; please stay at home for us.

Please continue to follow the CDC recommendations to keep yourself and loved ones safe during this time. Wash your hands often and for at least 20 seconds, stay at least 6 feet away from others, cover your coughs and sneeze, clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily, and most importantly, stay home.

We will continue to work with State, County, and City officials and do our best to keep our community safe.  We appreciate your continued patience and support as we all work through this together.

Ross Korkmas


Palo Pinto General Hospital

March 24, 2020

Temporary Patient Visitation Restrictions

Dear Patient Family and Friends,

We regret to inform you that effective March 25th visitation will be limited to one essential care giver or family member per hospital visit. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and disaster proclamation Texas hospitals must be vigilant in protecting the public, our patients, and our staff.

  • Visiting hours are restricted to 7am – 7pm unless you are the essential care giver or significant other.
  • All visitors will continue to be screened.
  • Patients who are in isolation due to COVID-19 will not be allowed visitors in an effort to protect the public and conserved resources of personal protective equipment for our front-line staff members.

We appreciate your patience as we continue our efforts to reduce the spread of this virus.


March 16, 2020

COVID Update From County Officials Palo Pinto County, TX:

Palo Pinto County and City Officials held a conference call to discuss the state of the COVID-19 outbreak and to make sure all entities are working towards the same goal – to reduce the spread of the virus.  Dr. Ed Evans, Judge Shane Long, City Manager Randy Criswell, Palo Pinto General Hospital, Emergency Management, first responders (Police, Sheriff, Fire, EMT), Palo Pinto County School Superintendents, and other City & County Officials were on the call.

“We would like to reassure our community that we are doing everything within our power to face this challenge head-on. We are working together to help fight this outbreak and need all of our citizens to do the same. We will be having daily briefings to stay informed and continue the excellent teamwork” said PPGH Chief Executive Officer Ross Korkmas.

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, local officials would like to remind you to:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you’re sick. Call your doctor if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze then immediately wash your hands.
  • If you are sick, you should wear a facemask when you are around other people.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
  • Avoid large events and mass gatherings of more than 50 people.

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