CVHC provider Dr. Ann Lima gives update on COVID-19
Written by Dr. Ann Lima, Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics Provider
The staff at Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics (CVHC) and St. Mary's Hospital (SMH) have been preparing for COVID-19 and are dedicated to keeping our employees safe and meeting the needs of our patients.
We continue to manage chronic disease, and evaluate and treat acute illnesses, while also considering the pandemic that is at our doorstep. You will notice differences in the way you access our buildings. You may be contacted about upcoming appointments to postpone these, change the date or time, or to convert these to virtual appointments.
Signs and Symptoms
Most people who are ill with COVID-19 will have either fever, a cough, or shortness of breath. However, there are people who are infected that may not have any symptoms, and others that may notice fatigue, sore throat, runny nose, headache, muscle aches, nausea or diarrhea.
We will be screening all people before entry into one of the hospital or clinic buildings for any symptoms that are associated with COVID-19. This may determine if you are allowed entry and if so, where to go. Not all people who screen positive will be tested for COVID-19, see below.
We have more testing available at SMH and CVHC than previously, however we have some priorities for whom to test. It still takes at least 2 days for results to return at the time of writing.
Our priorities are symptomatic hospitalized patients and healthcare workers first. However, we are also testing people that have symptoms if:
We may also consider testing other people on a case by case basis. We always try to take into consideration what changes, if any, in the plan would be made based on the results.
Please contact your local healthcare facility if you have symptoms, fit the above criteria, and wish to be tested, for further instructions. This is a rapidly evolving situation, and testing criteria and availability may change.
In many cases, no treatment is necessary. If you have symptoms, you should stay home and rest. If you are tested, you should stay home and rest. If you are positive, you should stay home and rest. Please return to the hospital if you are becoming more short of breath and are unable to care for yourself at home.
There are a few medications under investigation to treat COVID-19, but there is no cure and although there may be medication prescribed in certain cases, none have proven to be a standard of care at this time. All medications have potential side effects, and please do not use any medications unless under the guidance of a healthcare provider that is treating you for COVID-19.
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Photo: Dr. Ann Lima, Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics provider
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