It is understandable to feel uncertain or anxious during a public health crisis, and we need to remember to avoid making assumptions about others’ perceived symptoms or concerns. The best way to prevent infection is to wash your hands and keep your hands away from your face.
Here are the current CDC recommendations to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:
Take everyday preventive actions for respiratory infections, such as avoiding close contact (CDC defines as “within 6 ft.”) with people who are sick, staying home when sick, and washing hands often.
Avoid traveling to places with widespread or sustained community transmission of the coronavirus. A good place for reliable travel information can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
How Can I help?
For your safety and ours, all patients will be screened when entering the hospital, urgent care, physician practices or any of our specialty clinics. This should only add a few extra minutes to your visit, but please be prepared that you may experience delays depending on how many patients we are seeing.
All patients with appointments in the hospital building will be required to enter through the main entrance and after hours through the Emergency Department entrance for screening.
Anyone with a cough will be required to wear a mask the entire time they are here.
We are currently restricting all visitors to the hospital under a temporary no visitation policy. We are taking this measure to protect our patients, community members and employees from the spread of and potential exposure to Corona virus (COVID-19). We recognize the valuable role that family members and visitors play in the healing process and appreciate that these restrictions may cause challenges for our patients and their families.
What Can I Do If I Have More Concerns?
The most up-to-date information is available from the
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html (updated daily with advice for public)
General questions or further information on the virus can be directed to:
The New Hampshire Bureau of Infectious Disease Control at 603-271-4496, or The Vermont Department of Health at 802-863-7200.