During a briefing Friday, Clovis Mayor Mike Morris, along with City Manager Justin Howalt, Emergency Management Director Dan Heerding, Curry County Manager Lance Pyle, Curry County Commissioner Ben McDaniel and Interim Hospital Administrator for PRMC Jorge Cruze addressed the current status of COVID-19 in the community.
The members of the address urged Clovis residents to continue efforts of social distancing and mask wearing, as hospital numbers are rising.
PRMC Interim Director Cruze gave an update on the hospital, noting the hospital has 18 COVID beds and expanded their ICU beds to 12. Including medical, surgical and COVID beds, the hospital has a total of 68 beds and is currently at 30-40% capacity. He also noted that over 100 nurses and staff were cross trained to prepare for COVID-19 patients, saying the hospital was prepared and has plans in place.
The hospital also made changes to the visitor policy, noting that the hospital will not be allowing visitors on the hospital campuses. Exceptions include:
- Children admitted to the hospital
- Maternity units
- Patients receiving end-of-life/palliative care
Fir the limited exceptions, one visitor per patient will be allowed and will be screened for COVID-19.
Curry County Manager Lance Pyle said to date, the county has teste 1,144 detainees and 405 staff members at the detention center, with 95 total detainees positive. Currently there are 26 detainees that are COVID positive, with 24 of those soon to be out of their quarantine period. He said that anyone booked into the detention center is tested for COVID-19 and put into a quarantine pod until a negative test.
Curry County saw 543 cases in October so far.
Mayor Morris addressed the question of a potential city curfew stating that the decision would have to include the commission, but he as a mayor has no intention of enacting such measure.