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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness Information
Our hospital is committed to providing the highest quality care and ensuring the safety of our patients, employees, providers, volunteers and visitors. We are continuing to monitor the evolving situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) and are taking the necessary steps to ensure we are fully prepared to care for patients, in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and in partnership with our local and state health departments.
Below are a number of resources to help educate you and your family on COVID-19. For more information on the virus, please contact the health department.
To help ensure the safety of our patients, providers, employees and community, our facility has implemented a zero-visitor* protocol effective immediately. *Some exceptions may apply including but not limited to:
- Pediatric patients may have one WELL parent/guardian with them at all times
All individuals entering our facility will continue to be screened for respiratory symptoms and recent travel history, based on CDC guidelines. The gift shop will be closed until further notice. The dining room and cafeteria are closed to visitors until further notice.
These guidelines are to protect our facility and our community. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation. Please call the hospital for more information.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Kentucky Department for Public Health
- Fleming County Health Department
- Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM)
- Fleming County Emergency Management
- Kentucky Hospital Association
If you need immediate medical care, contact your healthcare provider to describe your symptoms and any recent travels before you go to the healthcare facility.
|Who is at Risk?||
COVID-19 is a new disease and there is limited information regarding risk factors for severe disease. Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
Based upon available information to date, those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 include:
Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications.
|What are the symptoms?||
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses).
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
|I believe I have symptoms of COVID-19. What do I do next?||
I’m experiencing mild symptoms right now, but I’m worried.
Worsening symptoms – I need to see my provider.
Emergent symptoms – I am having difficulty breathing.
|How to protect yourself.||
Know how it spreads
Take steps to protect yourself
Take steps to protect others
Wear a facemask if you are sick
Clean and disinfect
For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website
For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings
While Fleming County Hospital has not treated any patients with this virus at our hospital to date, we have taken the following measures to prepare, in accordance with CDC guidelines:
- Anyone entering our facility will be screened for respiratory symptoms and recent travel history, based on CDC guidelines.
- Personal protective equipment is available, including face masks and eye protection, for example.
- Hand hygiene products are easily accessible throughout the facility.
We want to assure our community that our providers and clinical teams are well-trained and prepared to manage outbreaks of viruses and infectious diseases, including the coronavirus. For more information on the virus, please contact the Fleming County Health Department or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov.
A complete list of frequently asked questions and answers about COVID-19 is available on the CDC website, by clicking here.
|How do I get tested for COVID-19?||
At this time, tests for COVID-19 require a provider order. Visiting a provider does not necessarily mean you need testing or that you will receive testing. Your provider will work with the Fleming County Health Department to follow all appropriate guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Kentucky Department for Public Health to determine if testing is recommended based on your symptoms and recent travel history.
|What are the qualifications for being tested for COVID-19?||
Someone may be a candidate for testing if he or she has:
|Can I pick up or buy a test kit for COVID-19?||No. At this time, tests for COVID-19 require a provider order and are not commercially available to the public.|
|What do I do if I’ve been exposed to someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19? I want to be tested.||
If you have been exposed to someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, you should self-monitor for fever or symptoms of respiratory illness for 14 days. If you begin to experience fever or symptoms of respiratory illness, and they are mild enough that you can manage them at home, you should remain at home in isolation. For details about how to correctly perform home isolation, tips for managing your illness at home with family members, and guidance on when you can discontinue home isolation, please visit the CDC’s website (link to: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html)
If you are not experiencing symptoms, or you are experiencing mild symptoms you can manage at home in isolation, you do not need to seek medical care or testing.
- Handwashing/hygiene reminders
- Media Holding Statement
- What Fleming County Hospital is Doing and What You Can Do
Page last reviewed: March 26, 2020
Content source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)