A message to our patients regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
LECOM Health and its affiliates are prepared for a possible outbreak of infection and are following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and recommendations. We would also like to remind our patients that it is never too late to get a flu shot. According to the CDC, the flu was responsible for more than 30,000 deaths in the 2018-2019 flu season.
Please know that LECOM Health and its affiliates are taking every necessary precaution to monitor, protect and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Due to the current situation with the COVID-19 outbreak and the potential health risks, LECOM Health VNA is taking steps to help reduce the possibility of exposures at our facility.
Effective 3/14/20, LECOM Health VNA are screening patients over the phone prior to sending staff into homes for patient care.
As we continue to monitor the situation closely and guidelines are changed, adjustments to the plan may require revisions at the facility’s discretion.
The CDC, Department of Health and LECOM Health Officials Recommend the Following:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Avoid large crowds or gatherings for the next few weeks.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a household cleaning spray or wipe.
- The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Face masks should be used by people who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent further spread of the disease. The use of face masks is crucial for healthcare workers and those caring for individuals in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).