Healthcare leaders monitoring, partnering with government to slow spread of COVID-19
As the region begins to reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses and community members are encouraged to continue to follow governmental requirements and CDC guidelines to keep their employees and residents safe from exposure to the virus.
The local healthcare leaders and medical staffs are monitoring the situation and partnering with local government and public health offices to slow the transmission of the coronavirus.
While emergency departments, primary and specialty care, urgent care, and emergency surgery services remain in operation, you will begin to see other services, such as elective procedures, gradually return over the next couple of weeks. Rest assured, the local healthcare leaders are taking every precaution to reduce transmission of the virus within the hospitals and offices.
Local facilities are safe as healthcare employees follow CDC guidelines for healthcare workers and patients. There are certain restrictions — screening at entrances, limited visitation policies and use of personal protective equipment.
The healthcare leaders encourage individuals to seek medical care in the event of an emergency or if medical treatment is needed. Alternative options include telehealth for qualified appointments.
The advice to the community remains the same during the pandemic. Those who exhibit mild symptoms of COVID-19 should self-quarantine at home and maintain a distance from family members. Continue these precautions until 72 hours after symptoms have resolved (typically 10-14 days). If you have a fever of 100.4 or above OR respiratory symptoms, call your healthcare provider. If you do not have a healthcare provider, call the closest urgent care center.
Patients are urged to call ahead so care teams can ensure the safety of providers, other patients and you.
If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatcher that you have a respiratory illness. If possible, put on a face mask before help arrives.
CHI Memoria, Erlanger, Park Ridge and the Medical Society extends appreciation to staff who continue to provide medical care to patients, as well as first responders and law enforcement serving on the front lines in helping prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
The healthcare leaders also extended thanks to businesses, organizations, groups and individuals who donated supplies, meals, time and monetary contributions to support local facilities and healthcare heroes.
For information on policies and scheduling, visit www. Chattmd.org; www.erlanger.org/coronavirus; www.memorial.org/coronavirus; and www. Parkridgehealth.com/covid-19.
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