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Rural hospital doctor is quarantined for COVID-19 concerns

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WASHINGTON, Kan. (KSNT) – Washington County Hospital’s one of two doctors has been precautionarily self-quarantining for the past 14 days after a recent trip to Eagle County in Colorado, which has had multiple cases of COVID-19. This has caused the staff to push back multiple appointments and surgeries.

Aldred Small was originally scheduled for knee replacement surgery on Tuesday at a different hospital. Now, it has been pushed back for at least 30 days.

“I’ll be walking and it kicks out. It hurts when I walk or put pressure on it,” Small said. “It’ll just kick out of socket, or that’s what it feels like… and I’ll fall.”

Small ended up at Washington County Hospital anyway after falling and suffering from a minor concussion.

Despite this, Small said he understands why his surgery has been pushed back.

“I’d rather suffer a little and go awhile than I would to be struck with the virus,” Small said.

Multiple Washington County Hospital patients’ surgeries or appointments have been pushed back due to Dr. David Hodgson’s quarantine, Hodgson, who works as the chief of medical staff for the hospital, said.

“I feel pretty guilty about being home and not working because I have not been sick, my wife’s not been sick, none of us who have went to Colorado have been ill,” Hodgson said.

This is not the only change the hospital has made to protect its staff and patients from the coronavirus.

The staff has created a fever clinic, where patients who have a fever or other COVID-19 symptoms, can be seen during specific times, said Autumn Sorell, a Certified Nurse Assistant for Washington County Hospital.

Staff members have also started helping where needed, which can travel outside of their daily tasks, said Drenna Laflen, who works in the admissions deparment.

Laflen has been helping with cleaning around the hospital.

“Since we are a small hospital everybody pitches in where they need to,” Laflen said. “They’re all very, very good at that. It’s just teamwork.”

Hodgson plans to return to work on Wednesday, where he will begin seeing his patients once again.

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