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CORONAVIRUS AND COMMUNITY HEALTH

UPDATE 2020

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has almost grounded activities to a halt in many nations of the world, as a result it is important to remain resilient as a nation in the face of these public health challenges.

CPMG adheres to Federal and State guidelines in effectively managing the spread of COVID-19. As CDC guidelines are evolving so is our operation as a community healthcare provider.

If you or your loved one are exposed to someone experiencing symptoms like fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, sneezing, and some other flu-like symptoms, it is important to be tested for corona virus. Call 911.

Can CPMG do the test?

No, we are unable to conduct the test at this point. Only designated clinical and public health facilities can conduct the test.

What if I need a provider for my routine or normal health check?

Call us, our Intake Nurse will do a thorough triage during the intake and schedule a provider to see you. Be rest assure, our providers have the necessary personal protective equipment if needed to protect you and our team member.

As a reminder to members of the community we serve: We want you to live well and thrive. Standard precaution is a good practice to prevent community acquire infection.

Coronavirus is a contagious viral infection

  • Perform hand hygiene frequently. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60 to 95% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until your hands feel dry. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Limit family members visit at this time especially if they are sick.
  • Children have no boundaries, if grand children must visit grandparents let them wash their hands or totally avoid any visit to these vulnerable population.
  • Do not reuse disposable gloves.
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces, such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables every day. Also, clean any surfaces that may have stool, or body fluids on them.
    • Use a household cleaning spray or wipe, according to the label instructions.
  • Wash laundry thoroughly.
    • Immediately remove and wash clothes or bedding that have blood, stool, or body fluids on them.
    • Wear disposable gloves while handling soiled items and keep soiled items away from your body. Clean your hands (with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer) immediately after removing your gloves.
    • Read and follow directions on labels of laundry or clothing items and detergent. In general, using a normal laundry detergent according to washing machine instructions and dry thoroughly using the warmest temperatures recommended on the clothing label.

IF YOU RECENTLY TRAVELED, VISITED BY TRAVELERS TO HIGH RISK AREAS, OR EXPOSED TO CORONAVIRUS:

  • Make sure that you understand how easy this disease can spread.
  • Monitor the family’s symptoms. If the patient is getting sicker, and COVID- 19 is tested and confirmed, call his or her healthcare provider and tell them that the patient has laboratory-confirmed COVID-19.
  • Ask the healthcare provider to call the local or state health department for additional guidance. If the patient has a medical emergency and you need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that the patient has, or is being evaluated for COVID-19.
  • Household members should stay in another room or be separated from the patient as much as possible if they are infected.
  • Household members should use a separate bedroom and bathroom, if available.
  • Prohibit visitors who do not have an essential need to be in the home.
  • Household members or caregiver should care for any pets in the home. Do not handle pets or other animals while sick.

We are committed to serve our communities the best we can.