NRMC Urges Community Prevention of COVID19
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Nevada Regional Medical Center (NRMC) is actively preparing for the possibility of a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in the local area. Through preparation, the hospital and its clinics will be best able to serve area residents should it receive an influx of patients. NRMC urges all citizens to take everyday precautions in order to help prevent the spread of the disease.
NRMC and other hospitals have activated emergency response plans and systems for responding to infectious disease. They are part of statewide and regional response coalitions to prepare for coronavirus in Missouri. In addition, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has issued an emergency rule for expedited testing of suspected cases of coronavirus and has received testing supplies and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“We understand the public’s concern, says Holly Bush, Chief Quality Officer at NRMC. “The hospital’s emergency response systems are being exercised at our hospital. Our understanding of the actions needed to address a coronavirus outbreak are informed by earlier activities surrounding the swine flu, Ebola and Zika response activities.”
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus, which is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.
“The best thing that everyone can do is increase hygiene, including handwashing. Also, if you are worried you may have been exposed to coronavirus, you should first contact your healthcare provider from home,” said Bush.
According to the CDC, steps to protect yourself include:
• Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
• If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick
• Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
• Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
• Wear a facemask if you are sick. If you are not sick you do not need to wear a mask unless you are caring for someone who is sick. Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
• Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.
For the most current information about COVID-19 on The Center for Disease Control and Prevention website, click here.
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About Nevada Regional Medical Center
Serving a six-county area since 1937, Nevada Regional Medical Center is a 71-bed acute, intensive and skilled care hospital. Nevada Regional Medical Center has earned recognition as a respected regional medical center for its comprehensive health care services, skilled and caring employees and state-of-the-art medical technology. Staff represent more than a dozen medical specialties, including family practice, women’s services, neurology, urology, psychiatry, orthopedics, wound care services, and general, vascular, thoracic and oncological surgery. Additionally, consultation clinics are held regularly by specialists in oncology, pulmonology, podiatry, ear, nose, and throat and cardiology.