City of Palmdale's Coronavirus Update – 4/21/20

Palmdale City Manager JJ Murphy and Palmdale Regional Medical Center nurse Katie Goedecke give the COVID-19 Update for today:

J.J. Murphy

I wanted to talk today about our community’s readiness in the event of a surge in cases of coronavirus and how operations are currently going.

Our local hospital, Palmdale Regional Medical Center, has a comprehensive plan and procedures in place to handle an influx of coronavirus patients.

Thankfully, we haven’t had a surge yet. Testing continues at the AV Mall, and we’re approaching 250 tests a day…and almost 2,000 total to this point. Most people who are diagnosed with coronavirus are not requiring hospitalization, and we are all thankful for that.

Currently, Palmdale Regional is fully operational. They are monitoring for symptoms in patients and implementing isolation protocols, if needed.

Here to tell us more about it is nurse Katie Goedecke.

Katie Goedecke

If you are feeling sick or have an injury, the hospital, in most cases, is where you need to go. We are concerned about our community’s health. There are too many examples recently where people have avoided the hospital until they are very ill which lengthens their recovery time or leads to poor outcomes, so if you are experiencing health issues, please know Palmdale Regional is here for you.

We are open for all emergencies in the ED:

  • If you are experiencing an emergency with a heart issue or stroke , please call 9-1-1 and proceed to the nearest Emergency Room

  • We are prepared for ALL patients and are thoroughly following CDC protocols and keeping COVID patients completely separate from other patients.

  • Our inpatient capacity is not full at this time so we are able to take patients if you or your loved one requires hospitalization

Please don’t delay in seeking medical help. The safety of our community is our top priority and PRMC is doing everything to ensure that all patients are safe.

J.J. Murphy

They are taking proactive steps to keep their patients and team members safe while serving the needs of our community. They are actively monitoring and responding to all recommendations made by the CDC and our local Health Authority.

The emergency room is open and treating individuals for emergency medical conditions. So, if you have fever and/or cough symptoms consistent with the coronavirus and desire to seek medical attention, call your primary care provider or visit an Urgent Care Center rather than the emergency room.

However, if you have symptoms that may indicate some other serious ailment, go to the ER.

Some examples include:

  • Chest pains

  • Trouble breathing

  • Slurred speech

  • Eye injury

  • Seizure

  • Severe cuts

If you are experiencing these things, you need to get attentions right away.

Don’t be worried or concerned about the coronavirus. Palmdale Regional and other hospitals have plans in place to keep people who may have the virus away from people with other health problems.

Hospitals are limiting visitors and screening closely those who can come upon arrival.

So please keep them and all the medical professionals in your thoughts and prayers as we work through this pandemic together.

Continue to maintain social distancing – avoiding crowds and crowded spaces, avoiding handshaking and hugging, deliberately staying at least six feet away from other people Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then dispose of the tissue.Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. And stay home when you are sick.

If we keep up these good practices, we’ll continue to flatten the curve and get to the end of this sooner than later.

So stay safe, and remember, #PalmdaleCares about you!