Communities across the country are experiencing an increase in COVID-19 positive cases. Many patients who are being hospitalized have not been vaccinated for COVID-19. We strongly encourage anyone who has not yet received the COVID-19 vaccine to do so. Getting vaccinated is one of the safest and most effective ways to protect yourself and others. Please see our vaccine section for helpful resources and information.
Find out your COVID-19 risk
Concerned about whether you have COVID-19? We can help you take the first step.
Use our free screening tool below to assess your risk and receive the most appropriate care recommendations based on your symptoms.
Methodist Healthcare has limited hospital entry points. Upon entry to the building, staff will screen vendors and also visitors who meet certain criteria for special patient populations.
To ensure the safety of our patients, staff, physicians and visitors, Methodist Healthcare will continue to practice proven tactics for controlling the spread of COVID-19, including universal masking and screening of all staff and visitors. Our processes will not change with Governor Abbott’s lifting of the state mask mandate, which takes effect on Wednesday, March 10.
At this time, our policy is to allow one named visitor to be present for your birth, provided that they meet the hospital’s health screening requirements. After a safe and healthy delivery, one visitor at a time will be allowed to visit mother and baby during their hospital stay.
Be at least 10 years of age (inpatient exception only for minors)
Have no close contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19 within the last 14 days
Have no signs or symptoms of lower respiratory illness (all visitors must be screened upon entry for symptoms and fever, following the current screening process)
Wear a mask at all times (visitors will not be permitted to gather in hallways or other common areas of the facility for prolonged periods of time)
Follow social distancing guidelines at all times
COVID-19 and Pregnancy
An Update for our Patients
We would like to take this opportunity to update you about your maternity care during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and assure you that our dedicated team of expert nurses, physicians and midwives are committed to providing safe and effective care to every patient who walks through our doors.
Throughout the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the safety of HCA Healthcare patients and visitors remains our top priority. We regularly treat patients with infectious diseases and our clinical teams are highly trained in infection prevention protocols. When our communities face a threat to their health and safety, like that of a global pandemic, we are committed to stepping up and stepping in where we are needed most. HCA Healthcare continues to closely monitor COVID-19 developments in partnership with our local and state health departments and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). We remain committed to continuing our relentless pursuit of serving our patients during this unprecedented time.
What are the symptoms?
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms, ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
How does COVID-19 spread and what can I do to protect myself and others?
COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person to person, including between people who are physically near each other (within about six feet). People who are infected but do not show symptoms can also spread the virus to others. We are still learning about how the virus spreads and the severity of illness it causes.
Public health officials recommend the following steps to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including influenza and COVID-19:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue.
Follow masking policies and social distancing guidelines.
Wash your hands often with soap and water.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
People of any age, even healthy young adults and children, can get COVID-19. Currently, those at greatest risk of infection are persons who have had prolonged, unprotected close contact with a symptomatic, confirmed COVID-19 patient.
No, the symptoms of COVID-19 are similar in children and adults. However, children with confirmed COVID-19 have generally presented with mild symptoms similar to a cold, including fever, runny nose and cough. Vomiting and diarrhea have also been reported. Based on available evidence, children do not appear to be at any higher risk or more susceptible to COVID-19 than adults. While some children and infants have been sick with COVID-19, infections in children are less common and adults make up most of the known cases to date.
Contact your healthcare provider or your local health department for testing availability and criteria. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have not been vaccinated and have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, it is still important to stay home even if you are not tested.
Our facilities are among the safest possible places to seek care at this time, and we have implemented several protective measures to create a safe environment for our patients, visitors and staff. We have strong protocols in place and are following all guidelines set forth by the CDC to ensure a safe care environment. Please review our current enhanced safety precautions.