Jamie McCready, Infection Prevention RN, and Cumberland Healthcare Medical Staff announce its coronavirus preparedness.
Cumberland Healthcare has been keeping an eye on the world concern for coronavirus (COVID-19) over the last several weeks. Internally we have made preparations in the event COVID-19 comes to our community. These preparations have led us to make some changes in appointment making and triaging. The changes we have made align with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Public Health recommendations to stop or minimize spread of COVID-19. You will see some of these changes such as making appointments and when you arrive. You will be asked about your personal travel history particularly to areas COVID-19 is active and asked to mask if you have a cough, fever, or shortness of breath. If you have concern and you were exposed to COVID-19 due to travel or prolonged personal contact with an infected person please let us know while making an appointment or call before coming to the emergency department. The risk to our area, as well as the US as a whole, is low. You will hear about many planning efforts from the CDC, World Health Organization, and Public Health. All efforts are to keep you safe and healthy. We understand there is a lot of concern with all of the news reports circulating. Most people who become infected with COVID-19 have a mild illness similar to a cold and recover without needing further care. Recommendations from CDC and Public Health include continuing to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer and stay home while you are ill unless further health care is needed. These are the same recommendations issued each year during cold and flu season. Cumberland Healthcare will continue to keep a keen eye on our risk and adjust plans as needed and as further recommendation become known. We want to ensure you are receiving trusted information when seeking guidance for COVID-19, so please see the CDC website at https://www. cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
If you have further questions about our actions at Cumberland Healthcare please contact Jamie McCready, RN, BSN, Infection Prevention and Control Manager at 715-822-7182 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
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