Manning Regional Healthcare Center
Designated Respiratory Clinic Now Open at MRHC
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the area, Manning Regional Healthcare Center wants to remind everyone of the current protocols for quarantine, isolation and testing.
“If you receive a positive COVID test, you should quarantine at least ten days from symptom onset until symptoms have improved and be fever free for at least 24 hours before returning to work or school,” said Jill Arp, RN, BSN, Infection Prevention/Employee Health Nurse at MRHC. “At this time, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) does not require anyone to get a negative test before returning to work. Also, if a member of your household tests positive, your entire household should quarantine.”
Arp is a member of the Carroll County Coalition for Disaster Preparedness and shared that although they are meeting frequently to align local, state and national responses, everyone must remember that this is an evolving situation and what might be recommended today may evolve quickly as information becomes available.
“We recognize that this can be frustrating for many people because they receive what seems like conflicting information,” she continued. “However, it’s best to go direct to the sources of the most dependable, yet localized, information such as CCPH and IDPH.”
If you have been notified of an exposure, wait at least 48 hours from exposure to get tested as it may take a couple of days to become apparent on tests. If you have been within six feet of a person who has tested positive, for at least 15 minutes, you should follow the 14-day quarantine, since COVID can still show up 14 days after exposure. If you are concerned that you might be positive or are experiencing symptoms, MRHC encourages you to make an appointment with your provider and be seen in their new respiratory clinic.
“Manning now has a designated respiratory clinic at MRHC for patients who are experiencing respiratory symptoms,” said Shelby Dickson, RN, Family Practice Clinic Director. “The clinic opened on September 1st with the main goal of keeping patients with suspected coronavirus separate from well patients.”
The entrance to the respiratory clinic is on the back side of the hospital with signage directing where to go. If you are experiencing symptoms, call first to set up an appointment. Upon arrival, call (712) 655-2072 to speak with a nurse and wait until you have been instructed to enter the building.
“Although some people have the misconception that once you get COVID you can no longer be re-infected, studies have shown that if you have previously tested positive for COVID-19, you are at risk of getting it again,” said Arp. “According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, once you have COVID, you have a three-month grace period in which you do not have to quarantine if you are exposed again.”
MRHC, IDPH, and CCPH are strongly discouraging large community gatherings. Recently, it has been noted that due to large community gatherings, there has been a rise in positive COVID-19 cases. If you must have a large gathering, ensure that social distancing and mask wearing are enforced.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), masks may help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others. Wearing a mask will help protect people around you, including those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and workers who frequently come into close contact with other people. Masks are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used by people in public settings.
MRHC recommends having a designated dirty mask container and advises everyone to refrain from touching used masks or letting them lay around. The CDC also reminds everyone to wash their masks frequently. Include your masks with your regular laundry and use the hottest appropriate water setting for the material.
If you choose to wash and disinfect masks by hand, ensure that your bleach is intended for doing so. Use bleach containing 5.25%–8.25% sodium hypochlorite. Do not use a bleach product if the percentage is not in this range, is not specified or if it is expired. Prepare a bleach solution by mixing five tablespoons (1/3rd cup) of 5.25%–8.25% bleach per gallon of room temperature water or four teaspoons of 5.25%–8.25% bleach per quart of room temperature water. Soak the mask in the bleach solution for five minutes, then rinse the mask thoroughly with cool or room temperature water. Dry the mask in the dryer on the highest heat setting or lay flat to dry, if possible, in direct sunlight. Make sure it is completely dry before wearing again.