CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19)
Dardanelle Regional is closely monitoring the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), and we are prepared with protocols in place should a case of COVID-19 arise. We continue to follow the latest guidelines on preparation and prevention from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and we are working closely with the Arkansas Department of Health for local and state guidance. As always, our highest priority is the health and safety of our patients, visitors, and staff.
WHAT IS COVID-19?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/transmission.html.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE SICK:
If you have traveled to an affected area and are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, here are helpful steps to ensure your safety and the safety of our community.
- Know the Symptoms:
- Fever, cough, and shortness of breath may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
- Stay Home Except to Receive Medical Care:
- Social distancing is important. Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home.
- Call Ahead BEFORE Visiting Your Doctor
- Your provider will supply you with a face mask before you enter the building. You may see our healthcare workers with gowns, masks, gloves, and goggles on—this is for your safety and the safety of our employees.
- If Your Provider Orders a Test:
- A healthcare worker will swab your nose and throat. If you have a productive cough, you may be asked to provide for a sputum sample.
- Next Steps:
- Your healthcare provider will give you instructions on how to manage your care at home. If your symptoms are severe and you need hospital care, your provider will arrange admission to the hospital.
CAN I VISIT THE HOSPITAL?
In an effort to minimize possible infection from outside the hospital, Dardanelle Regional Medical Center is limiting the number of entrances to the facility. We ask that all visitors and patients enter through the west entrance, near the Emergency Department. All other entrances will be closed.
Upon entry, visitors and patients will be screened for temperature, symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, etc.), and recent travel history.
In order to ensure the health and safety of our patients, we have updated our visitor policy as of Wednesday, March 25, 2020:
- No visitors will be permitted into the hospital unless it is an end-of-life situation, to be determined by the provider.
- Only the following exception will be made: ONE visitor will be permitted if the patient is a minor.
- No visitors under the age of 15 or over the age of 65 will be permitted into the hospital. We will continue to care for patients of all ages.
IF I HAVE AN ELECTIVE SURGERY, DOCTORS APPOINTMENT, or OTHER TEST IS THIS STILL SCHEDULED?
March 23, 2020: Elective surgeries have currently been suspended. If you have an elective surgery scheduled, you will be contacted by the appropriate staff for information regarding your case.
HOW TO HELP PREVENT THE SPREAD OF ILLNESS:
The best method of infection prevention is proper hygiene.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Wash your hands with soap and water often and for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze.
- Avoid close contact with others who are sick.
WHAT LOCATIONS ARE AREAS OF CONCERN FOR TRAVEL?
The CDC has identified these countries with a Level 3 Travel Health Notice (widespread, ongoing transmission):
- South Korea
- Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City
The CDC has identified Washington state, California, and New York within the United States as areas with ongoing community transmission for COVID-19.
This information continues to evolve as more information is shared.