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Parker County is excited to partner with the Hospital District on a program that will help students and staff at our local schools. With the help of funding from the federal Coronavirus Relief Funds, Parker County has been able to cover necessary expenditures incurred with their response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019.
This past September, Parker County utilized some of these funds by collaborating with the Parker County Hospital District to provide 21 MedPod Medical Carts to many of our local public and private schools. The Hospital District first implemented this program with Kanga Care through Weatherford ISD.
Through the use of telemedicine and the MedPod Medical Cart, students and staff are able to receive convenient medical care on-site by a physician. Dr. Steven Welch explains, “When the students come in sick, the campus nurse will evaluate them first by taking their vital signs and potentially do some rapid testing depending on their symptoms. The nurse will then notify me that they have a student ready to be seen and I will dial in to see the patient.” Patients are seen by licensed providers employed by the Parker County Hospital District.
With using this program, diagnostic laboratory tests can be administered to check for COVID-19, Influenza A and B, and streptococcal pharyngitis. In addition, treatment for minor issues such as allergies, ear pain, eye infections, rashes, fever and sore throat may be prescribed.
Parker County Judge Pat Deen states, “It is important that Parker County and the Parker County Hospital District work together for the protection of our school’s children and staff. This program takes that cooperation to a higher level by not only meeting the needs of our schools during this pandemic, but by protecting overall wellness far into the future.”
Photo courtesy of Weatherford ISD Kanga Care Program.