Manning Regional Healthcare Center
Coronavirus Update: 3/4/20
According to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) as of 3/4/20, the risk of the novel coronavirus to the general public remains LOW. At Manning Regional Healthcare Center, we are participating in weekly conference calls with the Iowa Department of Public Health, are following all recommended precautions, and continue to monitor the situation to ensure the safety of our patients and the community. Upon arrival at MRHC, we are screening all patients upon admission for fever or respiratory symptoms, travel from an affected geographic area within 14 days of getting sick (China, Iran, Italy, Japan, and South Korea), or if they have had close contact with a person, laboratory-confirmed to be infected with COVID-19.
According to Jill Arp, MRHC Infection Prevention and Disaster Preparedness Coordinator, “If a patient would screen positive, we would have them apply a yellow mask immediately, apply a yellow mask to ourselves, and take the patient to a private room and close the door. The medical provider would then be notified.”
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), there are 80 cases in the United States at this time, located in 13 different states (Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Wisconsin, Illinois, New Hampshire, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida), and there have been 9 deaths. THERE ARE STILL 0 CASES IN IOWA AT THIS TIME. Please visit the IDPH website for updates being made every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Iowa residents should prepare for the potential of COVID-19 in the same way they prepare for severe weather or other events that could disrupt their normal routine. This includes making a plan and discussing it with your family. Manning Regional Healthcare Center will provide updates to the public as they become available. This situation is changing by the hour so we must remain flexible and listen to guidance provided by IDPH and the CDC.
What is the novel Coronavirus?
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory virus that began in China, and cases have been detected in travelers from China to other countries, including the US. It is spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes and tiny droplets land on people nearby. The symptoms are fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath. There is no vaccine to prevent this virus. However, to decrease germs you should clean your hands frequently, cover coughs and sneezes, and contain germs by staying home when you are ill.
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 Healthcare Center - https://www.mrhcia.com