*LINK TO SCHEDULE COVID-19 VACCINATION APPOINTMENTS*
Remember, you must be on the network, VPN or MyAccess to register for appointment.
Don't forget to bring your employee ID badge with you when you arrive for your COVID-19 vaccination appointment.
Since we are still limiting the number of people in the building, you should NOT bring your family members or additional people with you to your Decker Board Room appointment. If you expect to have people with you, please schedule your appointment for the Kindred drive-thru.
Important message for patient families about surgeries and procedures
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in our region, additional restrictions are anticipated from state and local governing bodies, including the possible cancellation of elective surgeries and procedures.
At this time, Cook Children’s has NOT canceled any elective surgeries or procedures.
For all questions and concerns about exposures, quarantine and return to work, please call the COVID-19 Center hotline at 682-303-1661.
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COVID-19 Hotline Information: When and Who to Call
Have questions about COVID-19 or contact tracing? Please remember to call 682-303-1661 for COVID-19 health-related information, including exposures, quarantine, when you can return to work and symptom-related questions. Even though, Infection Prevention, led by Sharon Holmes, MPH, CIC, leads the process for contact tracing for employees and patients, please do not contact them directly. Use the above hotline number instead.
- The COVID-19 hotline is answered 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For afterhours, non-emergent issues or general questions, please leave a voicemail and your call will be returned in the morning.
- For emergent issues afterhours, please call the hospital operator and have them page the Infection Prevention nurse on-call.
- Return to work paperwork and testing scheduling can only be done during business hours at the COVID center.
- Please remember the COVID-19 hotline is for employees only.
Thank you for your cooperation.
STEPS FOR RETURNING TO WORK AFTER EXPOSURE TO COVID-19 (11/24/2020)
To ensure the health and safety of our employees, patients and families, this is the process for when Cook Children's employees and staff can return to work following a COVID-19 exposure.
A Cook Children's employee may return to his/her workplace after an Occupational Health exit interview, when one of the following has occurred:
- Ten (10) days have passed since initial positive COVID-19 test and the employee is still without symptoms; OR
- A minimum of 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, employee is fever-free for up to 24 hours without fever-reducing medications (fever = 100.4 degrees or higher), and there has been improvement in symptoms; OR
- Employee has received a negative COVID-19 test from pre-procedure testing without known exposure.
Once you are able to return to the workplace, you must wear a surgical mask in all areas from the start to the end of the shift.
NOTE: Cloth masks are not acceptable; it must be a surgical mask or N95 depending on nature of work. Also remember eyewear (goggles, safety glasses, face shields) must accompany masks when patient facing in any situation.
REMINDER: A close shave for masks
As we have previously shared:
- Fit testing is not possible for anyone with a beard, so please shave before fit testing.
- You must be clean-shaven to use an N95 mask.
- PAPRs are only for use when approved by Occ Health or are medically necessary.
COVID-19 Center contact information reminders:
COVID-19 Center/contact tracing hotline: (682) 303-1661
(IMPORTANT NOTE: This is the number to call for any exposures and symptom-related questions.)
Fax: (682) 303-1662