For Immediate Release
Lake Isabella, California March 4, 2020 – The true impact of a COVID-19 outbreak in a U.S. community cannot be predicted. However, all healthcare facilities can take steps now to prepare for such an outbreak and protect both their patients and staff. Kern Valley Hospital wants to assure our community that we are currently equipped and have a plan in place if a patient tests positive for this virus.
Keep in mind flu season is still upon us. If you experience fever and muscle aches per the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) you are not a candidate to be tested for Coronavirus. Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure*:
* Shortness of breath
We ask that you call ahead to your healthcare provider if you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, as well as, if you have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread. Your healthcare provider will work with our county, state and CDC to determine if you need to be tested. PLEASE BE ADVISED if you come into Mountain View Health Center or our emergency room and suspect you may be infected with COVID-19 you will be placed in isolation as a precaution as to not spread the virus.
The most effective way to protect yourself, loved ones and our community is to WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN with soap and water for at least 20 seconds including under your fingernails.
If soap and water are not accessible, using an alcohol-based sanitizer is also effective. If you blow your nose, cough or sneeze WASH YOUR HANDS; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food – WASH YOUR HANDS.
Avoid sharing dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels or bedding with other people or pets in your home. Clean any surfaces that are “high-touch areas” such as phones, keyboards, toilets, bathroom fixtures, etc.
As of March 2, there are 43 positive cases in California: 24 are from repatriation flights. The other 19 confirmed cases include ten that are travel related two due to person-to-person exposure from family contact, three due to person-to-person exposure in a health care facility and four from unknown sources. Approximately 300 persons have been tested to date. At this time, Kern County has no confirmed COVID-19 cases.
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