Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparations and Information
Prime Healthcare would like to assure our communities that we are prepared
for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The health and safety of our patients,
employees, and communities is always our top priority. We are grateful
to our physicians, nurses and staff members for their dedication to quality
patient care. Prime Healthcare’s hospitals are closely monitoring
and implementing Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance while remaining
in close contact with state and local health departments.
If you are in need of urgent medical care, please don't be afraid to
seek care at a hospital. Additional safeguards are in place to keep you
safe while throughout your visit. If you are experiencing
COVID-19 symptoms, including cough, fever and shortness of breath, please tell our staff
immediately upon arrival.
About Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging
from the common cold to more severe respiratory illness. Patients with
this new Novel Coronavirus, have had mild to severe illness with fever,
cough, and shortness of breath, according to the
CDC. The CDC has launched an
online self-checker for the novel coronavirus in the form of a bot named Clara (click the
green “Coronavirus Self-Checker” banner to launch it). While
there is no specific treatment for Coronavirus, most infected people will
recover on their own.
Visit the CDC website for the current situation update.
Screening and Visitor Policies
Prime Healthcare hospitals and clinics have implemented additional screening
processes and have updated visitor policies to support social distancing.
Entry points may be limited to the ED and main entrance at most facilities.
Visitors are encouraged to call before their visit.
People at High Risk
For most people, COVID-19 symptoms are mild and go away on their own. But
over 60, have a weakened immune system, or have an underlying health condition, you have a higher risk of developing serious symptoms. It’s important
you take additional precautions such as practicing social distancing,
limiting outings to populated areas, and connecting with others by telephone
or using technology, instead of in-person when possible.
What You Can Do to Stay Healthy
The best way to prevent illness is to follow the
advice given to help prevent spreading the flu:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Alcohol
hand sanitizers are also effective.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick (except to get medical care). Keep sick children
home from school.
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow. If you use a tissue, wash
your hands afterward.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
additional guidance from the CDC or visit your local
health department website.
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