As more individuals are being diagnosed with the coronavirus (COVID-19) around the nation hospitals have asked for assistance from medical personnel from other areas.


Medical personnel arrived at the CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Alice to assist with COVID-19 patients.


"CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Alice welcomed 23 nurses (who were) deployed through the State of Texas, this past weekend," said Kevin Dolliole, CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital. "We are fortunate to have their support and expertise...CHRISTUS Spohn has worked closely with our local and State leaders to ensure we have the medical resources and personnel needed to care for our COVID patients."


How many patients we have in the Alice hospital are unknown at this time due to privacy laws and chain of command procedures. The last reported numbers for Jim Wells County was at a total of 318 with 144 active cases and 174 recovered cases, according to Texas A&M University Corpus Christi (TAMUCC). Duval County's numbers are currently at 83 total reported cases with 51 active cases and 32 recovered cases, according to TAMUCC.


Protocols at the hospital continue to keep the health and well-being in mind for everyone that enters whether employee or patient.


"The safety of our patients, associates and physicians is our top priority. As a COVID Safe Care environment, we have protocols and infection prevention processes in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 among our Associates and patients," Dolliole said.


Those practices are universal masking, associate  self-screening, random temperature, checks for associates, screening all visitors, limited visitor policy, limited hospital entrances, evaluating elective surgeries and tele-health services.


"The nurse teams help to provide critical support to our CHRISTUS Spohn nurses who have been working around the clock these last 150 days to care for our most vulnerable," Dolliole said. "Nurses work for about two weeks and have an option to extend their tours before leaving."


These medical personnel are in hospitals across the Coastal Bend and the Nation.