The spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is fast becoming a daily central story in our lives as cases of the virus have moved from China, across the world, and throughout the United States. Power County Hospital District wants to make sure that our community is prepared and educated about this virus, but without the growing hysteria. We believe it is important for everyone to be prepared, but essentially you should treat this like any flu virus with standard precautions for a respiratory illness. We recommend and remind you of the following to protect yourself and your family.
First, learn the facts! Review the information provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as the most credible source of updated information about the virus.
Second, the best way to stay healthy and prevent the spread of any illness, including COVID-19, is the practice of proper and frequent hand hygiene! It is also important to avoid touching your face with unwashed hands. Please wash your hands often:
- Wet your hands.
- Apply soap and work into a lather to cover hands, wrist, between fingers, under nails with vigorous rubbing for 20 seconds.
- Rinse hands with water.
- Use towel to thoroughly dry your hands.
- Use towel to turn off the faucet AND open doors.
- *To properly use hand sanitizers, be sure to wet your hands with the product and thoroughly rub all areas of your hands, continuing until your hands are completely dry.
Third, protect yourself and others from the spread of illness:
- If you are sick, STAY HOME!
- If you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth with your elbow or a tissue and dispose in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces at home and work.
- Do NOT visit the Nursing Home or immunocompromised family or friends if you feel sick!
- If you may have been exposed to the virus by your travels and have symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath, we encourage you to call the emergency department or clinic before seeking care, to get instructions and avoid exposing others.
Lastly, we want to reassure you that PCHD is taking precautions to prepare for patients, if the illness were to spread to our area
- Additional patient screenings, protocols are in place to assess patients upon entry and admission for the risk of COVID-19.
- Staff communication and training is ongoing for personal protective equipment, handwashing, facility cleaning, and patient or staff precautions.
- Additional communication and coordination efforts about COVID-19 are being shared with PCHD and area facilities, health departments, state task force, county, and the CDC.