3.27.2020 COVID-19 Update

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Jessica Ogiba


CQCH Provides the Latest on the COVID-19

BISBEE, Ariz. (March 27, 2020) – Copper Queen Community Hospital (CQCH) is committed to providing transparency throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. As of 2:52 pm on March 27th, CQCH spokeswoman, Jessica Ogiba, confirmed that CQCH is testing those meeting CDC criteria or those with high risk occupations with symptoms throughout all CQCH facilities. As of this post, all tests conducted at CQCH facilities have returned negative. There are three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Cochise County, all are recovering at home in self-isolation and were the result of recent travel.   

Yesterday, Governor, Doug Ducey issued several hospital specific orders.  CQCH is rapidly working to comply with these orders.  The most notable order is that all hospitals are required to increase their bed count by 50%.  CQCH is working to increase our bed count by an additional 7 beds.  This means that CQCH will function like a 25 bed hospital and is working to obtain proper equipment, supplies, beds and necessary infrastructure.  

Additionally, CQCH will need to increase staffing levels.  If you are a future, current or past healthcare professional, please call Angel Garcia (520) 432-6466.  Your service to our community will be extremely helpful.

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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