3.12.2020 COVID-19 Update

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Jessica Ogiba


CQCH Provides the Latest on the COVID-19

BISBEE, Ariz. (March 12, 2020) – Copper Queen Community Hospital (CQCH) is committed to providing transparency throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.  As of 11:54am on March 12th, CQCH spokeswoman, Jessica Ogiba, confirmed that there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in or originating from Cochise County. 

There have been rumors that a person residing in Douglas tested positive for COVID-19.  This rumor is false and no one has tested positive for COVID-19 who resides in or originated from Cochise County.  Dr. Edward Miller, Chief Medical Officer stated, “The Coronavirus comes from a large family of viruses including COVID-19, the common cold and even the flu.  We have not had any patients test positive for COVID-19 in or from Cochise County.”    Dr. Miller also stated “I want to assure you that emergency preparedness is not new to hospitals and that Copper Queen Community Hospital and our Rural Health Clinics are prepared.  We have a team working hourly to update personnel as the situation changes.”

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Dr. Miller also stated, “Rest assured that Copper Queen Community Hospital will stay up-to-the-minute on guidelines and disease progress.  We appreciate your trust and confidence.”

How does COVID-19 spread?

The virus spreads mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It is also possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching an object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. Learn what is known about the spread coronavirus at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/transmission.html.

Testing for COVID-19 is available but is still limited in amount and therefore has specific criteria.  Please ask one of our providers.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Patients with COVID-19 have mild (a cold) to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of

  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath

How can I protect myself?

To protect yourself from COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses:

  • 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 that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, unless complications arise or you have other chronic medical conditions.
  • If you are coming to the hospital or office for respiratory symptoms, call before you leave home so we can be prepared to care for you when you arrive.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Copper Queen Community Hospital has a rich heritage dating back to the 1880s when it operated as a part of the mining community. The 14-bed acute care critical access hospital is one of four hospitals in Arizona recognized as a 100 Top Regional Hospitals. The Copper Queen Community Hospital is considered among the top 5 percent of hospitals nationally for its innovative use of technology and access to specialty services through its comprehensive telemedicine program. Expanding the hospital’s outreach to the region are Copper Queen Community Hospital’s three rural health clinics located in Bisbee, Douglas and Palominas. To learn more about CQCH, please visit www.cqch.org. Call us: 520-432-5383; Visit us: 101 Cole Ave., Bisbee, AZ 85603.

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