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How are we preparing for COVID-19 patients?


Our leaders are convening regularly to assess, reevaluate, and update our emergency preparedness plans, and we have confidence that they will make the right decisions to ensure your safety. We will continue to follow CDC interim guidelines and partner with local, state and federal government authorities.

How can I lower the risk of catching a respiratory virus?

Here are a few things you can do to lower your risk of any viral respiratory illness such as the flu or COVID-19:

Stay home when you are sick
Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
Clean your hands regularly
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home and work
Drink plenty of fluids

How are we screening for the virus?

We'll continue screening patients in our Emergency Rooms and other clinical points for risk factors for COVID-19 and in accordance with the CDC's travel guidance.

DUE TO CMS/CDC Containment Guidelines:

All visitors will be required to submit a temperature and questionnaire.
Children under the age of 12 will not be permitted to visit UNLESS you are a patient.
If you have a fever or are ill we ask that you do not visit at this time.

Do we have enough personal protective equipment (PPE)?

We've reviewed our supplies and PPE and we have everything we need for screening travelers. We have as much PPE as we can possibly have on hand in the chance we encounter an affected patient, but we want to be sure to preserve these supplies. With that in mind, we will follow the CDC's guidance for extended use and limited reuse of N95 respirators. If you have questions about our N95 extended use guidelines or need refresher training on correct use of PPE, please discuss with your clinical manager and local Infection Prevention Professional. Visit the CDC to learn more: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV

CDC information on the Coronavirus: www.cdc.gov

What we know about the Coronavirus
2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. Early on, many of the patients in the outbreak in Wuhan, China reportedly had some link to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, a growing number of patients reportedly have not had exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread is occurring.

Symptoms
For confirmed 2019-nCoV infections, reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying. Symptoms can include:
Fever
Cough
Shortness of breath

If you believe you are experiencing COVID-19/Coronavirus symptoms click here.

Prevention
There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

Wash your 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.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Treatment
There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for 2019-nCoV infection. People infected with 2019-nCoV should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions.
People who think they may have been exposed to 2019-nCoV should contact your healthcare provider immediately.

Steps to help prevent the spread of 2019-nCoV if you are sick:

Stay home except to get medical care
You should not leave your home, except to get medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas, and do not use public transportation or taxis.

Separate yourself from other people in your home
As much as possible, you should stay in a different room from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.

Call ahead before visiting your doctor
Before your medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell them that you have, or are being evaluated for, 2019-nCoV infection. This will help the healthcare provider's office take steps to keep other people from getting infected.

Wear a facemask
You should wear a facemask when you are in the same room with other people and when you visit a healthcare provider. If you cannot wear a facemask, the people who live with you should wear one while they are in the same room with you.

Cover your coughs and sneezes
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or you can cough or sneeze into your sleeve. Throw used tissues in a lined trash can, and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Wash your hands
Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. You can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid sharing household items
You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, bedding, or other items with other people in your home. After using these items, you should wash them thoroughly with soap and water.

Monitor your symptoms
Get medical care quickly if your illness is getting worse (for example if you are having trouble breathing). Call the healthcare provider ahead of time and tell them that you have, or are being evaluated for, 2019-nCoV infection. This will help the healthcare provider's office take steps to keep other people from getting infected.

Avoid contact with pets and other animals
Do not handle pets or other animals while sick. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with 2019-nCoV, several types of coronaviruses can cause illness in animals and spread between animals and people. Until we know more, avoid contact with animals and wear a facemask if you must be around animals or care for a pet.