April 20, 2020: COVID-19 Protection: How and Why
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) infection basics
The Novel Coronavirus is the official name of the disease commonly called COVID-19.
COVID-19 infects the lungs and airways in people. There are two main ways you can get infected with this virus.
- You can breathe it in from the air after an infected person coughs, sneezes or exhales it nearby.
- You can pick up the virus from a surface with your hands and then touch your mouth or nose afterward.
Understanding this will help you understand why everyone is recommended to practice the following precautions.
Practice social distancing (six feet) because:
-When you are close to an infected person, you could breathe in the virus.
-When you are somewhere other people are, you might touch a surface they have infected.
Avoid touching our face because:
-If your hands are infected, you will get infected touching your nose or mouth.
-Any public surface people can touch could be infected.
Wash your hands because:
-It kills the virus on your hands, and then if you touch your face, you are still safe.
-If you are infected, it keeps you from infecting things by touching them.
Remember: 20 seconds with soap and water or with 60% alcohol sanitizer
Wear a breathing mask in public or near an infected person because:
-If you can keep a social distance from others, it will reduce the chances you breathe in the virus when close to an infected person.
March 27, 2020: 5 Ways You Can Prevent the Spread of Germs and Viruses
Health and wellness are once again atop of everyone’s mind these days as the world faces the threats posed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Highly contagious, COVID-19 can impact every one of us, including those who are considered at high-risk. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), individuals at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness include older adults (seniors) and people who have severe chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease.
While we all hunker down and do our part to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe, there are many ways you can prevent the spread of germs and viruses.
We’ve compiled the top five tips everyone should keep in mind to stay safe and healthy:
- Wash your hands… and wash often! One of the best ways to prevent the spread of germs is by washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. An excellent tip for children is to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice.
- Avoid needlessly touching your face with your hands. Your mouth, nose, and eyes are susceptible and make it easy for germs and viruses to enter your body.
- Disinfect everything as often as possible. From door handles to light switches, countertops to cell phones, tablet computers to toys – if you touch it, disinfect it frequently. This is especially important when you are out and about and come home. Cell phones are notorious for rarely being cleaned and can hold lots of bacteria. Disinfectant wipes and sprays are ideal solutions for cleaning.
- Do not visit clinics or the hospital emergency room if you are sick. This applies to you, your children, and other loved ones. If you are sick, please call your primary care physician or the hospital emergency room before showing up. They can advise over the telephone the best course of action you need to take. These precautions are designed to prevent the spread of viruses such as COVID-19 should you be infected. If it is an emergency, of course, call 911.
- Be kind. Be patient. Remember that we are all in this together. Whether you are healthy or ill, our actions impact one another.
Whatever lies ahead, remember that Knox County Hospital District will be here ready to respond at a moment’s notice. We continue to work with the CDC and Texas Department of State Health Services to stay atop of pertinent health news, and we will always share any important updates with the community.
Stay safe and healthy.
As the situation with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) rapidly evolves, Knox County Hospital District has implemented procedures to decrease the risk of exposure to our patients, residents, and staff.
If you have traveled anywhere within the past 30 days, or have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 or have a respiratory illness (fever, cough or shortness of breath), call your doctor’s office for further direction. If you feel you have a medical emergency, please proceed to our Emergency Department.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (cdc.gov) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) (dshs.texas.gov) are updating their websites daily with the latest information and advice for the public.
Munday Nursing Center
- Facility is closed to all visitors per the mandate of the state.
- EXCEPTION – Family of patients who are near end of life. Visitors will be screened.
- Callers activating the 9-1-1 system for a respiratory illness are asked to notify the dispatcher if they have traveled anywhere within the previous 30 days or if they have come into contact with anyone who has traveled anywhere within the last 30 days.
- Patients are asked to notify the agency if they have traveled anywhere or if they have come into contact with anyone who has traveled anywhere within the previous 30 days.
- Home Health nurses will call the patients before each visit.
- We will continue to see patients on their regularly scheduled visits.
- The Pharmacy building will be locked until further notice.
- The drive-through will continue to be open to pick up prescriptions / supplies.
Munday Clinic / Knox City Clinic
- If you need to go to the clinic because of a respiratory illness, please call ahead if possible.
- If you do not call ahead, please notify staff upon entering building of your respiratory illness.
- The Clinics will continue to see patients.
Seymour Medical, Inc.
- We will call prior to any deliveries.
- If you have a respiratory illness, please notify the staff so that we can take needed precautions.
- We will continue to serve your needs.
Knox County Hospital
- Patients within the hospital will not be allowed any visitors at this time.
- EXCEPTION – Family of patients who are near end of life. Visitors will be screened.
- Patients needing Emergency Room services will continue to ring the ER bell.
- If you have a respiratory illness, please call and notify staff prior to arrival if possible.
- Patients needing other services – Lab, X-Ray, Physical Therapy, Cardiac Rehab, etc., will enter through the front door and will be asked to sign in.
Procedures are subject to change without notice as recommendations from the CDC and TDSHS evolve.
How To Protect Yourself
You can protect yourself from COVID-19 infection the same ways you protect against the common cold or seasonal flu.
- Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds.
- Before eating
- When your hands are visibly soiled
- After you have used the bathroom, been in public or blown your nose, coughed or sneezed
- Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol, if soap and water aren’t available.
- Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue, and throw your used tissues in the trash.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Wear a face mask, only if you are sick or are caring for someone who is sick.
- Put some distance between yourself and others,
- Someone near you is sick
- You are at a higher risk of serious illness
- COVID-19 is spreading in your communities
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
If You Feel Sick
There are several things you should do if you are sick or think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, and have a fever or respiratory illness (cough or shortness of breath):
- Stay home if you are sick or believe you have been exposed to the virus, even if you aren’t showing any symptoms.
- Avoid public areas and transportation.
- Call the clinic first before coming into the doctor’s office or emergency department.
- Avoid coming to the emergency department, unless you have a health emergency and/or you have been advised by your health care provider to do so. This helps prevent the risk of spreading COVID-19 infection.
- Separate yourself from other people and animals as much as possible, while you are sick.
- Wear a face mask, if you are sick.
- Monitor yourself for fever, coughing and shortness of breath.
- Take the same precautions you would if you had the common cold or flu (e.g., wash your hands frequently)
Knox County Hospital will continue to be here to take care of you and your family during this time.