6.1.2020 COVID-19 Update

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Jessica Ogiba


CQCH Provides the Latest on the COVID-19

BISBEE, Ariz. (June 1, 2020) – Copper Queen Community Hospital (CQCH) is committed to providing transparency throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. As of 12:55pm on June 1st, CQCH spokeswoman, Jessica Ogiba. There are 84 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Cochise County. 

CQCH’s Chief Medical Officer, Edward Miller, DO, would like to announce that CQCH is “going to suspend elective surgery and endoscopy again until the county re-established a minimum 14-day downward trend, in accordance with the recommendations of the American College of Surgeons and the American Hospital Association.”  He added that, “a lot has changed over the weekend, including 15 new cases of COVID-19 in Cochise County. At this time, these do not appear to be household related but rather sporadic.  Chronologically, this comes 1-2 weeks after the Stay at Home order was lifted and Memorial Day. These do not appear to be related to the recent blitz testing.” 

If you have a procedure that is scheduled for this week, we will not be cancelling.  This will only impact procedures and endoscopy starting the week of June 8th and thereafter.  We would like to remind everyone of the steps we have taken to comply with the Governor’s order.  CQCH has established a policy to protect patients and employees.  The policy includes:

  1. Maintain a continuing supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) for more than 14 days which is not reliant on the state or county health department.
  2. Hospital census no greater than 80% of bed capacity.
  3. Implement a robust COVID-19 viral testing plan to test each patient within 14 days of their procedure.
  4. Have surgical patients sign a promise to self-isolate form for a period from the time of testing until after their procedure.
  5. Test all at-risk healthcare workers at CQCH.
  6. Maintain a universal symptom screening process for all staff, patients and visitors prior to entry into CQCH.
  7. Maintain an enhanced cleaning process for patient and waiting areas.
  8. Perform pre-discharge COVID-19 testing for elective, non-essential procedure patients transferring to an aggregate living facility.
  9. Comply with CQCH Policy “Prioritization of Elective, Non-Essential Procedures dated April 27, 2020.

We would also 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.

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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