Adams County Regional Medical Center Prepares for the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 12, 2020

Adams County Regional Medical Center Prepares for the Coronavirus (COVID-19)   As the media coverage of Coronavirus (now called COVID-19) continues to evolve, we want to assure our patients and communities that we are working closely with local, state and federal public health agencies, as well as our own health care professionals, to assure that ACRMC is prepared.   As always, ACRMC’s top priority is the safety of our patients, communities and health care professionals. Our expert clinicians regularly care for patients with severe respiratory illnesses and other infectious diseases. They are well trained and follow specific procedures using all the tools and techniques in place to protect themselves, including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).   We are drawing on this experience as we continue to prepare and address key issues, including the early recognition and isolation of any patient identified as being high risk for COVID-19. We remind all members of our community that there are everyday preventative actions they can take to help limit the spread of respiratory viruses, including COVID-19 and the flu.   A few common measures the CDC advises for the general public include: ·        Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub for at least 20 seconds ·        Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth ·        Avoid close contact (6 feet) with people who appear to have a respiratory infection   It is also important that if you are having symptoms, you call ahead of your visit to your doctor to communicate travel history and symptoms before arriving, enabling the provider to determine the best setting for you to receive care.   Finally, it is critical that our communities know where to obtain the most accurate and current information from credible sources.   If you have questions about how to protect yourself and prepare for COVID-19 in your community, the Ohio Department of Health (OHD) can provide answers.  The ODH COVID-19 call center can be reached at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.  ODH staffers operate the center seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, including weekends.    You can also find valuable information on the ODH coronavirus.ohio.gov site, such as the current confirmed number of cases in Ohio, frequently asked questions and much more useful information.   Call center staff includes licensed nurses and infectious disease experts. They are available to answer questions and provide accurate information about COVID-19, the risk to the public, and the state’s response.   We will continue to provide our community with updates as conditions evolve.       Rachel Cummings, RN CNO   Adams County Regional Medical Center 230 Medical Center Drive Seaman, Ohio 45679 937-386-3536 rdcummings@acrmc.com

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