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Covid-19/Coronavirus

CDC information on the Coronavirus: www.cdc.gov

Our website is oneidacountyhospital.com
For additional information on COVID-19 please visit these trusted resources:
 -Southeastern Idaho Public Health at siphidaho.org
 -Idaho Department of Health at coronavirus.idaho.gov
 -Centers for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov

Southeastern Idaho Public Health Public Service Announcement on "Protecting Your Mental Health During a Pandemic"
https://www.siphidaho.org/psa/2020/apr/Protecting-Your-Mental-Health-4-21-20.pdf

Guidelines for Reopening Idaho
https://rebound.idaho.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/opening-up-guidlines.pdf

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

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.

Nell J. Redfield Memorial Hospital Community Preparation Efforts for COVID-19

Information from Southeastern Idaho Public Health-"Social Distancing is a Must". Link to Public Service Announcement on Social Distancing: https://www.siphidaho.org/psa/2020/mar/Social-Distancing-03-24-2020.pdf

As of 3/24/2020, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at our facility or in the community. As we monitor best practice updates from the Southeastern Idaho Public Health Department, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), we are actively implementing the recommended preventative measures structured to help us track viral spread and prevent it in our community and within our healthcare system. 

Our website is oneidacountyhospital.com
For additional information on COVID-19 please visit these trusted resources:
 -Southeastern Idaho Public Health at siphidaho.org
 -Idaho Department of Health at coronavirus.idaho.gov
 -Centers for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov

In the wake of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak Nell J. Redfield Memorial Hospital and the Oneida County Long-term Care, Clinic and Home Health Departments are striving daily to minimize our community’s exposure to the evolving concerns shared by our family, friends and community members. We are receiving information from several sources regularly as we seek to combat the spread of COVID-19.  As of 3/18/2020, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at our facility or in the community.  As we monitor best practice updates from the Southeastern Idaho Public Health Department, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), we are actively implementing the recommended preventative measures structured to help us track viral spread and prevent it in our community and within our healthcare system. 

As we regularly care for patients and residents with their current illnesses including the risk of infectious diseases, our clinicians are implementing a variety of screening processes and procedures to protect you and to protect themselves.  For some, seeing these new screening processes put in place—such as a provider’s use of personal protective equipment (PPE)—may cause anxiety as it is a new process.  Please understand that these processes are in place to prevent and mitigate the possible spread of any communicable disease.

Some of the current precautionary measures that we have taken include:
• We are screening patients, visitors, service personnel and staff regarding signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and recent travel or exposure to COVID-19. 
• We have increased the frequency of cleaning in highly trafficked areas and areas that are frequently touched like handrails, doorknobs and countertops.
• As of 3/16/2020 we suspended volunteer work in patient care areas.
• As of 3/17/2020 we have imposed restrictions on visitors to both our acute care unit and our long-term care unit.  However, we do have alternate means for you to communicate with our patients and residents through telephone and through social media video conferencing.
• As of 3/18/2020 we are asking clinic patients to attend their visit alone, or if a guardian is necessary, have only one other person attend the visit with them.
• In the event that we should have a patient or community member who comes under investigation for COVID-19, we are following the Centers for Disease Control guidelines in our treatment processes to ensure the highest level of care to our patients and to ensure the safety of facility staff.
• We have implemented travel restrictions and return-to-work processes for employees and providers.

It goes without saying that our community members likely feel threatened by the advent of a global pandemic—not to mention a very recent regional earthquake.  Please know that we are with you in this trying time.  It is important to know that our county, state and federal leaders are strongly supporting our daily efforts to effectively treat this community and provide the highest level of care.  We assure you that as we move forward, we will follow CDC treatment guidelines while still providing the hometown level of care we have always provided.  As part of those treatment guidelines we are screening all patients, visitors and service individuals regarding recent travel and COVID-19 symptoms and exposure.

As an organization, we are adequately supplied and equipped for the ongoing care of our patients and residents.  Our staff continues to focus on providing excellent care to all our patients and residents.  Our distributors and suppliers are working with us closely to ensure that we continue to have the equipment and supplies we will need in the event of a surge in treatment needs.  Also, by working closely with regional public health offices, coalitions and co-operatives, we are actively engaged in communication with other area hospitals regarding our combined access to supplies and treatment options. 

As we continue our care efforts over the next several weeks and beyond, we will begin updating our organization’s website with community support information related to Coronavirus and COVID-19.  Our website is www.oneidacountyhospital.com.  If you have concerns about any of these precautions, feel free to call John Williams, CEO, at 208-766-5818.