McPherson Hospital and Health Department Joint COVID-19 Statement

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March 14, 2020

McPherson, Kansas

In following proper internal, local, and state protocol, on Thursday, March 12, 2020, McPherson Hospital began assessing patients who had presented with respiratory symptoms consistent with the coronavirus (COVID-19). At this time, there has been no identified risk to the community, nor any positive cases.

As your community hospital and public health department, we feel prepared in the event of any patient presenting to the McPherson Hospital who reports with the associated symptoms of COVID-19 or as a person under investigation (PUI). We have reviewed both internal policies and procedures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and are following proper protocols to take every precaution.

It is important for the public to understand that if you are experiencing mild to severe respiratory illness, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath, and/or believe you may have had contact or have had contact with someone with a laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19, you call your primary care provider or the McPherson Hospital. Do not show up to the healthcare facility without calling ahead and receiving special instruction.

People can protect themselves with preventative actions.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

If you are sick, to keep from spreading illness to others, you should

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your sneeze or cough with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

For more information that is frequently updated, visit: kdheks.gov or cdc.gov. You may also call the KDHE phone bank at 1-866-534-3463.

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