02 Mar Coronavirus
Facts not Fear
Forks Community Hospital is following the CDC and Washington Department of Health recommendations regarding COVID 19. We are in frequent communication with our public health department to maintain up-to-date responses to this changing situation, and we will keep you informed.
We are prepared to evaluate patients for coronavirus disease following CDC guidelines for infection prevention and control. To prepare front line staff we have been conducting drills, educating in Donning/Doffing PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and Hand Hygiene. We have information on our website regarding COVID 19 symptoms, risk factors, and ways to diminish risk and protect our community, ourselves and our families. As with any infectious disease, we are committed to providing the best possible care to our patients, while protecting all our patients, our staff, our visitors and our community by minimizing the risk of spreading the disease. All of us can do this by effective, frequent hand-washing; keeping our hands off of our faces; working to stay healthy and, of course, staying home when we are sick. Forks Community Hospital is here to care for our community and that means preparing, in collaboration with our County, State and National health officials to prepare a plan for the potential of COVID-19 being here on the Olympic Peninsula.
What can You do to protect yourself and your family? CDC recommendations:
- 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 unavailable.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces.
If you were in China, Italy, South Korea, Japan or Iran within the past 14 days (or have spent time in close proximity with someone who is suspected of having COVID-19) AND feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you should seek medical care. Call the Department of Health COVID-19 hotline – 1.800.525.0127 OR CALL YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER BEFORE YOU VISIT A HEALTH CLINIC, and tell them about your exposure and your symptoms. They will give you instructions on how to get care without exposing other people to your illness. While sick, avoid contact with people, don’t go out and delay any travel to reduce the possibility of spreading illness to others.
While COVID-19 is not currently in Clallam/Jefferson counties, Forks Community Hospital is actively involved in containment of this disease and will continue to update you with the latest responses and information.
March 2, 2020