BIG SPRING, TEXAS – The number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise locally. And with Halloween just around the corner, many families are struggling with how to celebrate the holiday while still staying safe.
“Although many traditional Halloween activities can be high risk for spreading the virus, there are still several safer alternative ways to still participate in Halloween," said Dr. Rohith
Saravanan, Chief Medical Officer at Scenic Mountain Medical Center.
Scenic Mountain Medical Center will host a free drive-thru trick or trick event for children and
their families on Saturday, October 31 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. The event will take place outside the hospital’s main entrance, located at 1601 W 11 th place in Big Spring, Texas.
“With COVID-19 impacting many of the usual Halloween activities in our area, we wanted to give our community’s children and their families a safe way to do trick or treating,” said Stacey Brown, President of Scenic Mountain Medical Center. “Scenic Mountain has always been a safe place with our annual Trunk or Treat event. We simply modified our event to be consistent with the CDC recommendations and, as a result, are confident we can do it safely this year. “
All participants will be required to stay inside their vehicle as they receive treats from Scenic Mountain Medical Center. The following CDC Halloween recommendations will be observed including:
? All exhibitors wearing protective masks
? All candy individually wrapped and in treat bags
? No-contact trick or treating where children (or parents) pick up the treat bag instead of it being handed to them
The CDC also urges trick or treaters to make masks part of their costumes this year, and not to substitute a costume mask for a cloth mask. Additionally, it advised not to wear a costume mask over a cloth mask, as this can make breathing more difficult.
About Scenic Mountain Medical Center
At Scenic Mountain Medical Center, we are committed to caring for patients as we would our own families. We are a full service, acute care, 146-bed community hospital for adults and children, and we understand the importance of delivering world class health care along with the latest advances in technology and treatment options. Our specialized services include cardiology, orthopedics, maternity, diagnostic imaging, emergency care with a 24/7 Level IV Trauma Center, wound care, and women's health and breast care services.
About Steward Health Care System
Steward Health Care is the largest private, for-profit health care network in the United States. The company is owned and led by a management team of Steward physicians.
Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Steward employs more than 40,000 health care professionals and operates 35 hospitals across the United States and in the country of Malta which regularly receive top awards for quality and safety. The Steward network includes multiple urgent care centers and skilled nursing facilities, substantial behavioral health services, more than 7,000 beds under management, and approximately 2.2 million full risk covered lives through the company's managed care and health insurance services.
The Steward Health Care Network includes more than 5,000 physicians across 800 communities who help to provide more than 12 million patient encounters annually. Steward Medical Group, the company's employed physician group, provides more than six million patient encounters per year. The Steward Hospital Group operates hospitals in Malta and nine states across the U.S., including Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Utah. For more information, visit www.steward.org.