CRAIG, CO – March 6, 2020
Yesterday, a Colorado hospital confirmed its first case of coronavirus (COVID-19). While this is certainly concerning, we believe that standard precautions can help prevent the spread of this virus. The Centers for Disease Control are encouraging everyone to :
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
People who have general questions about coronavirus disease 2019 can call CO HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 or email them at COHELP@RMPDC.org, for answers in English and Spanish (Español), Mandarin (普通话), and more.
Memorial Regional Health is taking all necessary steps to ensure that staff is prepared to deal with this virus, should it spread to our community. All staff including our frontline providers are receiving daily updates on the virus and recommendations from the CDC and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). MRH has a supply of protective equipment to ensure their safety as well as prevent the spread of illness. MRH’s Director of Infection Prevention is collaborating with other local and regional healthcare entities to ensure community-wide readiness.