Stay Informed: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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We understand that this is a confusing time and news regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) is constantly developing and changing. There is a lot of unknowns and as it continues to dominate headlines, please be assured that CRHC, the medical staff and local departments are taking this very seriously and have processes in place. At this time, Page County continues to remain at a medium to low risk category. CRHC will continue to update this page as new information is presented, so feel free to check back periodically.

New Developments:

3/31/2020: CRHC is accepting donations of PPE. Donations can be made at the back of the hospital near the loading dock. Place any donations in the plastic bin so we can sanitize and launder items.

IDPH Homemade Mask Guidelines


For the most up to date information on coronavirus (COVID-19) please visit one of these sources:

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH)

Iowa Hospital Association (IHA)

World Health Organization (WHO)

Page County Public Health


What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

CDC Key Facts


What is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19?

Assess your Symptoms and know what to do:

If you have:

  • Cough and,
  • Fever of 100 degrees or higher and
  • Traveled to China, South Korea, Italy or Iran, or are concerned that you have been exposed through other contact and
  • Do NOT have difficult breathing

You Should:

Stay at home in isolation. Rest, stay hydrated and use over the counter medicine like Ibuprofen or acetaminophen as needed for fever. If you have questions please call CRHC at 712-542-2176 to see if we can perform a screening over the phone to limit exposure.


If you have:

  • Cough and
  • Fever of 100 degrees or higher and
  • Do NOT have difficulty breathing but have flu-like symptoms such as muscle aches, chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart failure, COPD, asthma, are immunocompromised or have concerns to discuss with a nurse.

You should:

Call your CRHC provider at 712-542-2176. If it’s determined that you need to be seen in person, you will receive instructions at that time.


If you have:

  • Cough and
  • Fever of 100 degrees or higher and
  • DO have difficulty breathing


You should:

Seek care at an emergency department


Precautions

The best way to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses is to take every day preventative actions.

  • Wash your hand frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces (e.g., doorknobs, light switches, countertops).

Recommendations for Mild Symptoms

Recommendations for self-treatment if symptoms are mild and you need to stay home:

First and foremost, if you feel you need to be seen or experience a worsening of symptoms, difficulty breathing either call 911 or go to an ER immediately.

Things you should have on hand, just in case:

  • Kleenex
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol) in 325 mg or 500 mg tablets
  • Ibuprofen or (Advil) in 200 mg tablets
  • Mucinex, Robitussin or DayQuil/NyQuil, (whatever your cough medicine of choice is)
  • Bottled water
  • hand sanitizer
  • Gatorade/Powerade or Pedialyte
  • Humidifier, if possible ( or you can also just turn the shower on hot and sit in the bathroom breathing in the steam)

If you have a history of asthma and you have a prescription inhaler, make sure the one you have isn’t expired and refill it/get a new one if it is.

You basically just prepare as though you know you’re going to get a nasty respiratory bug like bronchitis or pneumonia. You just have the foresight to know it’s coming.

For symptom management, use the previously mentioned medications:

For a fever over 101, alternate Tylenol and Advil so you’re taking a dose of one or the other every 6 hours. (THE MAX TYLENOL DOSE IN 24 H IS 4000 MG)

  • Use cough medicine of choice.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Get lots of rest.

If you’re sick, you should not be leaving your house except to go to the doctor, and if you do, call ahead and wear a mask.

If you have a pre-existing conditions (COPD, emphysema, lung cancer, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease ) or are on immunosuppressants, now is a great time to talk to your PCP or specialist about what they would like you to do if you begin having symptoms. They might have plans to get you admitted and bypass the ER entirely.

Kids, so far have done very well with coronavirus— they usually bounce back in a few days, and almost no kids have required hospitalization from COVID-19 so far. Please speak with your provider or pharmacist for pediatric dosing and best medications to use.

Spread

Coronavirus is spread person-to-person. It is spread between people who are in close contact with one another. It is spread through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

How to Cope

  • Stay up to date with information regarding this virus from trusted sources such as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH).
  • Don’t overload on information, staying informed is good, however when information creates a barrier to daily functions, it can increase fear and anxiety.
  • Prioritize good sleep, exercise and healthy eating choices.
  • Focus on being prepared. Be informed and educated to take the precautionary measures to help prevent this virus.