Adventist Health coronavirus preparedness
Our hospital is safe, operational and prepared to handle coronavirus cases
The safety of our patients, associates and physicians is our top priority at Dameron Hospital. We have highly trained infection prevention practitioners who closely follow the guidelines of the CDC and the local public health department. Our hospitals manage infectious disease on a regular basis and maintain isolation rooms.
Ongoing training and drills are underway on the proper donning and doffing of personal protective equipment, as well as on the protocols for the identification, testing and treatment of a patient with COVID-19-like symptoms.
In addition, we are following guidance from the CDC and state and local health departments in implementing the following measures:
- Postponing large community events such as health fairs, community forums and foundation galas
- Limiting group meetings to reduce the potential spread of germs. Consequently, community education classes may be postponed or offered online. We will contact registrants individually.
- Requiring business services to work remotely unless their physical presence is necessary to their function.
These measures are designed to reduce the spread of potential disease and enable social distancing.
Our clinicians are evaluating the situation daily, and this policy will remain in place until it is determined that we can return to a normal operating environment.
Patient care will continue uninterrupted in all Adventist Health locations, and the system continues to be in close contact with federal, state and local agencies to ensure that our physicians, staff and patients receive the best possible care.
Adventist Health and Dameron are protecting patients and caregivers
Adventist Health and Dameron Hosptial are emphasizing fundamental infection prevention measures such as hand washing for associates and visitors, isolating infectious patients as appropriate and providing personal protective equipment (such as masks, gloves, gowns and eye protection) for associates and visitors if needed. We also follow new or additional prevention measures, issued by the CDC.
Adventist Health has managed infectious disease on a regular basis, and we want to reassure you that Dameron Hosptial is safe. We are confident we can effectively treat an infected patient with little risk to our patients and visitors. We are closely following CDC protocols and working with local public health departments to ensure your safety.
What is a novel coronavirus?
A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
Reported illness ranges from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The following symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure:
- Shortness of breath
What should I do if I have coronavirus symptoms?
If you are experiencing symptoms of respiratory disease, we encourage you to first discuss your situation with your primary care physician. Do not come to the hospital.
You should call your doctor if:
- You develop symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath)
- You have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19
- You have recently traveled from an area of concern.
Treatment of COVID-19
There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19, according to the CDC. People with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions.
How do I protect myself from catching coronavirus?
Here are some preventative measures you can take to avoid contracting any virus:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Get a flu shot (for everyone six months and older)
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- 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