Information on COVID-19 Confirmed Cases

 

COVID-19: Community Risk and Quarantine Criteria

For more information including symptoms, prevention tips, and other resources visit DSHS website, or call your local Public Health Hotline at 936‐523‐5040

 

The MCPHD Clinic does not perform COVID-19 testing. Please call your primary care physician or local urgent care clinic for information on testing.

 

 

Why aren’t you sharing more information regarding the patients?

MCPHD is bound by HIPAA regulations. HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) aims to protect a person’s Protected Health Information (PHI). In layman’s terms, we are bound by federal law to protect the identity of a person, even in the case of a public health emergency. Giving too much information (exact age, neighborhood, schools in which children attend, employer, etc.), leads to a person’s identity being revealed which is a gross violation of their privacy. This is where the Public Health team of epidemiologists come into play. They are working with patients to obtain a list of close contacts (contact investigation) who may have contracted the virus. They get information on where they’ve been, where their kids attend school, etc. People who our team believes is at risk are contacted directly. If you are a member of the public and you have not been contacted by the Public Health team, we believe your risk is low. According to the CDC, COVID-19 is not airborne. The best way to protect yourself is to avoid public places. Practice social distancing. Stay home if you are sick. Wash your hands. Avoid touching your face. All these precautions are proven to prevent infection.  


Why don’t you just test everyone?

The best practice regarding COVID-19 is to only test individuals who have symptoms. Actively testing county residents who do not have symptoms would not lead to positive tests or any mitigation of the spread. At this point, if healthcare providers find a person who they believe may have the virus, they are being tested. MCPHD has negative test results coming in daily. It is important to note, at this point, no county has unlimited access to tests. Unfortunately, at this time, the resources are limited and have to be reserved for the patients most at risk.


How many people are being tested?

When we first began testing for COVID-19, all the tests for Montgomery County were being sent to one lab which is in the City of Houston. Since last Monday, March 9th, private labs began performing testing. In most cases, MCPHD is only notified of a conclusive result. Therefore, if we shared only internal numbers at this point, the amount would be inaccurate.


Where can I be tested for COVID-19?

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please call ahead to your primary care physician or urgent care for further instructions. Your healthcare provider will screen you for symptoms and recommend you for testing if necessary. Unfortunately, testing kits are limited and have to be reserved for patients most at risk.


When will there be enough tests for everyone who needs to be tested?

We are working with our healthcare partners to do everything in our power to obtain more testing materials for Montgomery County. Nationwide, the supply is having a hard time keeping up with demand.


I was tested last week. Why haven’t I received my results?

By law, providers (hospitals, physicians, etc.) are only required to notify Public Health of POSITIVE results. As with any other medical test, you should receive your results (positive or negative) via your healthcare provider where the test was performed. MCPHD will only contact patients upon receiving POSITIVE results. Hospitals in Montgomery County all have patient portals where results are uploaded when they receive them. As a courtesy to the public, here is a list of the patient portals for the four largest hospital systems in Montgomery County where results can be obtained when they are available.

 

Memorial Hermann Hospital – The Woodlands

EverydayWell – http://www.memorialhermann.org/everydaywell/

 

HCA Houston Healthcare Conroe (formerly Conroe Regional Hospital)

MyHealthONE – https://hcahoustonhealthcare.com/myhealthone/

 

CHI St. Luke’s The Woodlands

MyChart – https://mychart.sleh.com/prd/

 

This site is for access if seen at the following facilities:

  • Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center
  • Lakeside Hospital
  • Springwoods Village Hospital
  • Sugar Land Hospital
  • The Vintage Hospital
  • The Woodlands Hospital

Other regional CHI St. Luke’s facilities – https://www.chistlukeshealth.org/patient-portal-login

 

Houston Methodist – The Woodlands

MyChart – https://mychart.houstonmethodist.org/mychart-prod/


Why hasn’t the CDC confirmed the Montgomery County tests yet?

The CDC announced on Monday, March 17th that it would no longer confirm test results. The agency is confident in the accuracy of local testing.


Will Montgomery County have drive-thru testing facilities?

We are currently working with our regional partners on a plan. There are a lot of moving parts that need to be discussed before we can move forward, but a plan is in the works.

 

If you have a question for MCPHD, please email mwillingham@mchd-tx.org.


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Our Mission:

Promoting a healthy, resilient community through health education, disease prevention, clinical services and emergency preparedness.

Our Vision:

An integrated team that serves, educates and promotes health and resiliency throughout  Montgomery County.

Public Health District Programs

Clinical Services:
The Public Health Clinic provides services in the core public health areas of tuberculosis diagnosis and treatment; provision of childhood and adult immunizations. HIV Testing; screening and treatment of Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Syphilis.

Epidemiology:

The epidemiology program provides a continuous, scalable response to disease notifications, and coordinates disease surveillance and investigations in Montgomery County. Epidemiology staff members provide ongoing health education to County medical professionals.

Medical Reserve Corps:

The Medical Reserve Corps unit utilizes medical and non-medical volunteers to strengthen Montgomery County’s public health, emergency response and community resiliency. The MRC unit plays a vital role to supplement the community’s existing emergency medical response capabilities and public health infrastructure.

Emergency Preparedness:

The preparedness program supports a coordinated, collaborative health and medical response to local disasters. Through planning, training and exercises, preparedness staff members lead the community in preventing, preparing for, and responding to public health emergencies.

Do you need health care assistance? Visit the Indigent Care – Health Care Assistance Program (HCAP) website for more information.


 For Montgomery County Emergency Management Alerts & Updates click here

 

Source: cdc.gov, mctxoem.gov, mchd-tx.org, capetowntravel.com