3.25.2020 COVID-19 Update

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Jessica Ogiba

520-432-6591

CQCH Provides the Latest on the COVID-19

BISBEE, Ariz. (March 25, 2020) – Copper Queen Community Hospital (CQCH) is committed to providing transparency throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. As of 12:35 pm on March 25th, CQCH spokeswoman, Jessica Ogiba, confirmed that CQCH is actively testing throughout all CQCH facilities. As of this post, all tests conducted at CQCH facilities have returned negative. There are two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Cochise County and no deaths.

CQCH does offer testing to those who meet CDC guidelines. CQCH has enough tests for patients who meet that criteria. Unfortunately, we do not have testing capabilities for the entire community, nor does the country.

Chief Medical Officer, Edward Miller, DO states, “As of today, only 12% of people statewide who met CDC testing criteria were positive.  In other words, 88% of people who met criteria for COVID-19 testing don’t have it.  Rest assured that Copper Queen Community Hospital will stay up-to-the-minute on guidelines and disease progress. We appreciate your trust and confidence.”

CQCH will continue monitoring the situation on a continual basis.  Out of an abundance of caution, CQCH is making several short-term operational changes, effective immediately.

  • CQCH is Limiting Entry Points: Until otherwise notified, everyone entering our main facility should enter via the Main Hospital Lobby or Emergency Department Entrance. All other entry points will be closed/locked until further notice.
  • CQCH will be screening all patients, visitors and staff entering the facility.  This screening will include general health and travel questions along with verification that no fever exists.  This screening will be done in accordance with the CDC guidelines. 
  • Quickcare in Palominas and Douglas will be open along with the Bisbee Rural Health Clinic on Monday, April 13th from 8am to 5pm.
  • The CQCH Douglas Rural Health Fairs has been postponed.   
  • The CQCH Cafeteria (located on the main campus in Bisbee) has been temporarily closed to the public effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020.
  • Effective immediately, visitors are not allowed. 
  • All Weight Watchers in-person meetings have been suspended.  If participants want they are encouraged to sign up for a webinar at:  www.wwaz.com/webinars

It is extremely important that you get your information from credible sources.  For the most accurate, credible and up-to-date information please visit the following websites:

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 limited and therefore is subject to specific CDC criteria.  Please ask your health care provider for more information.

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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