Manning Regional Healthcare Center
Coronavirus: What you Need to Know
As your trusted healthcare experts in the community, Manning Regional Healthcare Center (MRHC) wants you to know that we are partnering with many local, state and national agencies to ensure the safety and well-being of our community as the coronavirus continues to spread.
The MRHC Infection Prevention and Disaster Preparedness Coordinator, Jill Arp, RN, BSN, shares, “We are in constant communication with Carroll County Public Health, Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), and other healthcare providers. We are also updated every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from the National Center for Disease Control (CDC).”
“We will continue to monitor the situation and ensure we are taking every precaution to ensure our community remains safe,” said Arp. “MRHC and the Manning community recently participated in a disaster preparedness drill and believe that if this virus does hit Iowa and more specifically our community, we are prepared to follow proper protocols in conjunction with these trusted healthcare partners.”
If there is an immediate concern the community will be notified through the schools, local radio stations, social media, MRHC, IDPH, and CDC websites, and the Manning cable channel. Remember to only trust credible sources such as those mentioned in this article.
What can you do to Prevent the Spread?
The CDC has issued a Level 3 Travel Warning which means all nonessential travel to China should be avoided. If you have recently traveled to China and feel sick with fever, cough or difficulty breathing you should seek medical care right away. Before you go to a health care facility, call ahead and tell them about your travel and your symptoms.
The risk to Iowans remains low at this time. Right now influenza is a much bigger threat to Iowans so protect yourself from the flu. Remember, it’s not too late to get your flu vaccine. If you are sick, stay home. Cover coughs and sneezes. Wash your hand frequently with soap and water.
What is Cornavirus?
The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new kind of coronavirus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. Early on, many of the patients in the outbreak reportedly had some link to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, ongoing person-to-person spread is now occurring.
What are the Symptoms?
Reported illnesses have ranged from people being mildly sick to people being severely ill and dying. Symptoms can include: fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
How is Coronavirus Spread?
At this time, COVID-19 is spreading from person-to-person in China and cases have been detected in other countries, including the United States. Currently, the risk for COVID-19 is associated with recent travel to China.
“It is important to understand that there are seven different coronaviruses known to infect humans,” shared Arp. “Four of the seven coronaviruses are very common, more mild (similar to the common cold), and most people will be infected with at least one of them in their lifetime.”
Healthcare providers test for these common coronaviruses routinely, and no public health measures are needed to address these common coronaviruses. People infected with the common coronaviruses can avoid passing them to others by covering their coughs and sneezes, cleaning their hands frequently and containing germs by staying home when ill.
Three of the seven coronaviruses are rare and can cause more severe illness. These include the 2019 novel coronavirus. Testing for this virus can only be done at the CDC. Healthcare providers are not able to test for this virus independent of public health.
There is very low risk of spread from products or packaging from China that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at normal temperatures because coronaviruses can’t survive on these surfaces.
If you or a loved one feels sick with a fever, cough or difficulty breathing AND you have recently travelled to China, you should seek medical care right away. Contact Manning Regional Healthcare Center at (712) 655-2072 for more information.
Stay informed and look for information on this virus and situation from reliable and trusted sources using the links below:
World Health Organization, https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
Center for Disease Control - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Iowa Department of Public Health, https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus
Carroll County Public Health, https://carrollcountyiowa.org/pview.aspx?id=20965&catid=563
Manning Regional Healthcaer Center, https://www.mrhcia.com
(Source: Iowa Department of Public Health – Accessed February 27, 2020 https://idph.iowa.gov/Portals/1/userfiles/7/COVID-19%20Public%20Factsheet.pdf)