AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Amarillo hospitals are continuing to relax restrictions on visitation.
Northwest Texas Hospital said it is still limiting one visitor per room between the hours of 12 p.m. and 8 p.m., except for labor and delivery.
Northwest is also starting to allow two visitors to a room on the pediatrics floor.
At BSA, they are still limiting visitation to one per patient except in certain circumstances where it’s important to have two visitors. BSA said it is continuing to do extra cleaning and is screening those who enter the hospital.
A new treatment for COVID-19 patients is at local hospitals. It’s called “dexamethasone.”
The drug is best used in those who have developed respiratory distress. It’s a steroid drug and also an anti-inflammatory medicine.
Medical experts say this has been used in other infections, and the mortality rate has shown to be lower.
Health leaders said they are still using remdesivir to treat COVID-19 patients.
They have treated seven people with that drug so far, and they have enough to treat another 40 people if needed.
(This table reflects the cases on the High Plains as of 5:00 p.m. on November 26, 2020.)
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