The Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center has sent an update:
Do not visit loved ones at the hospital if you are sick.
Please keep visitors to 1 to 2 in all areas of the hospital and or clinics.
Entrances are restricted to the Emergency Entrance and the Main Entrance.
If you are ill and have to come to the hospital or clinics for treatment or other services, please protect others by asking for a mask at the front desks.
TESTING, TREATMENT, PRECAUTION INFORMATION
There are a lot of things that can make you sick like the flu, the common cold, and other infections. Not everyone that wants a test for COVID-19 (Coronavirus) will be tested. If everyone that wanted to be tested showed up
at physician offices and hospitals, it would cause such an overload and bottleneck in these facilities that it would prevent those who actually are having severe symptoms to receive the testing and treatment they need. Also, it would
prevent those who are experiencing other illnesses and injuries from getting the help they need.
A physician must recommend testing and that is why it is so important to follow these instructions:
- If you are experiencing severe symptoms of:
§ Shortness of breath
CALL YOUR PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN FIRST BEFORE GOING INTO THEIR OFFICE.
THEY WILL INSTRUCT YOU ON THE PROTOCOL THEY HAVE SET UP FOR YOUR VISIT.
- IF YOU ARE HAVING SEVERE SYMTOMS AND NEED TO COME INTO THE ER:
PLEASE CALL AHEAD TO 928-425-1026, SO THE STAFF WILL GIVE YOU INSTRUCTIONS AND THEY WILL TAKE PROPER PRECAUTIONS TO CARE OF YOU.
- The Arizona State Public Health Laboratory has devised a testing matrix that physicians are using as a guide. Sometimes this is called “screening” or “meeting criteria” for testing. You will be asked about your travel history 14
days prior to the onset of your symptoms, your exposure to anyone with a CONFIRMED case of Coronavirus, health history, and other questions. The physician will check for fever, signs/symptoms of lower respiratory illness and
other lung conditions.
- If the physician determines that you “meet criteria,” the Coronavirus test will be administered. This includes a nasal swab and a throat swab (nasopharyngeal/oropharyngeal swab).
- The test will be sent to a state lab where it will take 4 – 5 days to get the result.
- You will be asked to stay quarantined (home isolation) until results are back.
- If the test comes back positive, you will be quarantined for 14 days.
NOTE: Data is indicating that the most vulnerable are the senior population (over the age of 60) and those people with chronic diseases such as respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, cancer, diabetes, etc.
There is no medication to treat COVID-19. It is a viral infection and has to run its course. Stay in bed, get enough rest, drink plenty of water, etc. People that are hospitalized due to extreme, severe symptoms have to receive
special respiratory care during the illness.
People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to recover at home. Do not leave, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas. We need to be aware of those who could become seriously ill if exposed to the virus:
The elderly and those with compromised immune systems, for example.
As much as possible, separate yourself from other people in your home. Designate a “sick room.” This is known as home isolation, or quarantine.
Do not share household items.
Frequently disinfect high touch areas.
Limit contact with pets and animals. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, limit contact with animals until more information is known.
If you are sick, wear a facemask when you are around other people in your home or if you have to visit your healthcare facility.
PRECAUTION – Help protect the most vulnerable
WASH YOUR HANDS frequently for at least 20 seconds.
Cough/sneeze with your mouth tightly nestled into your elbow or into a tissue tightly around your mouth. Wash or sanitize your hands after each event.
Refrain from touching the “T Zone” of your face — eyes, nose, or mouth.
Avoid close contact with sick people.
Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces often.
Avoid shaking hands or other close contact greetings.
Stay home when you are sick.
Coronavirus Disease spreads through close personal contact with a sick person.
Symptoms may show up 2-14 days after contact with an infected individual.