Coronavirus COVID-19 Hospital Preparedness Message
Providence Medical Center is always in a state of readiness and continuously monitors patients for infectious disease. We follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to detect potential cases of COVID-19 and respond accordingly; and to protect our staff, patients and visitors.
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. The novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.
Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people.
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
What you can do to prevent spread of respiratory illness:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- 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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
Providence Medical Center is staying informed on the latest protection and prevention processes related to this virus.
For additional and up to date information about Coronavirus visit:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- What to do if you are sick: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html