5.13.2020 COVID-19 Update

For more information:

Jessica Ogiba

520-432-6591

CQCH Provides the Latest on the COVID-19

BISBEE, Ariz. (May 12, 2020) – Copper Queen Community Hospital (CQCH) is committed to providing transparency throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. As of 11:09am on May 12th, CQCH spokeswoman, Jessica Ogiba. There are 43 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Cochise County. 

As stores and restaurants are carefully re-opening, we would like to remind people of some facts and precautions which we should all be personally aware. Below are necessary steps which must continue to slow and stop the spread of COVID-19:

  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Soap dissolves the fatty covering on the virus and kills it.
  • When soap and running water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands that are visibly soiled.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Practice good respiratory etiquette, including covering coughs and sneezes.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if sick.

Recognize personal risk factors:

  • People 65 years and older
  • People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
  • People of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, including:
  • People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
  • People who have serious heart conditions
  • People who are immunocompromised
  • Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications
  • People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)
  • People with diabetes
  • People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
  • People with liver disease

Do masks help?

Chief Medical Officer, Edward Miller, DO,  stated, “In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.  It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus.  CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.” 

A cloth mask is worn to help protect others in case the wearer has the virus. A personally fitted N95 mask helps protect the wearer from getting the virus from others. Common sense also suggests that some protection is better than none. But wearing a cloth face mask will lose any value unless it’s combined with frequent hand-washing and social distancing. Don’t touch your mask while wearing it.

He also added, “If you accidentally touch your mask, wash or sanitize your hands.  Remove the mask by untying it or lifting off the ear loops without touching the front of the mask or your face.  Wash your hands immediately after removing your mask.  Regularly wash your mask with soap and water in the washing machine. It’s fine to launder it with other clothes.”

Who shouldn’t wear masks?

  • Don’t put masks on anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious or otherwise unable to remove the mask without help.
  • Don’t put masks on children under 2 years of age.

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.  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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