CQCH Provides the Latest on the COVID-19 Corona Virus

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Jessica Ogiba

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CQCH Provides the Latest on the COVID-19 Corona Virus

BISBEE, Ariz. (March 11, 2020) – The world is currently dealing with a pandemic of Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19).  Edward Miller, DO, Chief Medical Officer stated, “I want to assure you that emergency preparedness is not new to hospitals and that Copper Queen Community Hospital and Rural Health Clinics are prepared.  In fact, we have a team updating daily as the situation changes frequently.”

-CQCH is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control, the Arizona Department of Health Services, and Cochise County Health Department.  

-Currently, there is no vaccine available to protect against the 2019 Coronavirus. There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for infection. People infected with the disease should receive treatment guidance from their healthcare provider, including supportive care to help relieve symptoms.

-It is important to get your information from a credible source.

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.

Dr. Miller also stated, “Over time, this advice may change.  Rest assured that Copper Queen Community hospital will stay up-to-the-minute on guidelines and disease progress.  We appreciate your trust and confidence.”

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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