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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

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Coronavirus  (COVID-19) Updates

Here are the best resources to keep you updated:

Centers from Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Wisconsin Department of Public Health (visit this site for update outbreak numbers by county)

 

 

MMC has a Respiratory Information Line that people with mild to moderate respiratory symptoms can call regarding next steps. That number is (715) 685-5297.

 

 

Updated 6/3/2020: Memorial Medical Center is closely monitoring the Coronavirus outbreak and working with Ashland Health & Human Services, the Bayfield County Health Department, the Wisconsin Department of County Health, and following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. The first case of COVID-19 in the United States was reported on January 21.

Updated Coronavirus information from the CDC states that if you are sick with COVID-19 or think you might have COVID-19, follow the steps below to care for yourself and to help protect other people in your home and community.

– Stay home except to get medical care

– Separate yourself from other people in your home, this is known as home isolation

– Call ahead before visiting your doctor

– If you are sick wear a facemask if you are sick or if you’re caring for someone else

– Cover your coughs and sneezes

– Clean your hands often

– Avoid sharing personal household items

– Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday

– Monitor your symptoms

 

When to seek medical attention:

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include:

– Trouble breathing

– Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

– New confusion or inability to arouse

– Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

 

For those that have flu or cold-like symptoms, please stay home from work or school. If symptoms worsen, or you have any concerns, please call your primary care provider before visiting a doctor’s office, urgent care or emergency department.

If you do not have a primary care provider, please call any of the local primary care clinics:

Essentia Clinic: (715) 685-7500

NorthLakes Clinic: (715) 685-2200

Main Street Clinic: (715) 682-5601

St. Luke’s Chequamegon Clinic: (715) 685-6600

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How can I protect myself?

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

– Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

– Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

– Stay home when you are sick.

– Wearing a mask when you are in public.

– 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.

– 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.

– Practice social distancing.

Does CDC recommend the use of facemask to prevent COVID-19?

The CDC continues to provide important updates regarding the use of face masks. Please refer to this link for the latest information. The use of facemasks also is crucial for health workers and other people who are taking care of someone infected with COVID-19 in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

Can I get tested for the virus at my doctor’s office or at the hospital?

You can get tested for the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 at your doctor’s office or at the hospital, however; currently, only people who meet certain criteria will be tested. Criteria include: symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath, and likely or known exposure to a person with COVID-2019. If you think you meet these criteria and need to be tested, call ahead to your doctor’s office to determine your next steps. If you are not having any symptoms or if you are having symptoms but no exposure, then you would not be tested at this time.

If you do not have a primary care provider, please call any of the local primary care clinics:

Essentia Health – Ashland Clinic: (715) 685-7500

NorthLakes Community Clinic: (715) 685-2200

Main Street Clinic: (715) 682-5601

St. Luke’s Chequamegon Clinic: (715) 685-6600

 

MMC also has a Respiratory Information Line that people with mild to moderate respiratory symptoms can call regarding next steps. That number is (715) 685-5297.

Can someone who has COVID-19 spread the illness to others?

The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading from person-to-person. Someone who is actively sick with COVID-19 can spread the illness to others. That is why CDC recommends that these patients be isolated either in the hospital or at home (depending on how sick they are) until they are better and no longer pose a risk of infecting others.

How long someone is actively sick can vary so the decision on when to release someone from isolation is made on a case-by-case basis in consultation with doctors, infection prevention and control experts, and public health officials and involves considering specifics of each situation including disease severity, illness signs and symptoms, and results of laboratory testing for that patient.

How can I be screened for COVID-19?

In order to protect our community and prevent spread, it is important that individuals who believe they may have been infected with Coronavirus (COVID-19) use the following process to direct your care. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911.

-Essentia Health is providing free COVID-10 screenings to anyone experiencing symptoms by calling their toll-free phone number at 1-833-494-0836 or through an e-visit on their health portal, MyHealth. The e-visits provide 24/7 access to connect to an Essentia Health Care team without requiring you to leave home.

-St. Luke’s Chequamegon Clinic is also offering two, free E-Care visits per user. You can also call their toll-free phone number at 1-218-249-4200 to complete a COVID-19 screening.

Physicians and advanced practice providers make the decision to test patients for COVID-19 in consultation with local health departments.

For those that have flu or cold-like symptoms, please stay home from work or school, and practice social distancing. If symptoms worsen, or you have any concerns, please call your primary care provider before visiting a doctor’s office, urgent care or emergency department.

MMC also has a Respiratory Information Line that people with mild to moderate respiratory symptoms can call regarding next steps. That number is (715) 685-5297.

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