Viruses are microscopic organisms that vary from simple to highly complex. Each has unique traits, including how it moves from one person to another, how it infects people, and who it infects.
Viruses cannot be treated with antibiotics. They can only be prevented through vaccines and healthy habits. The best way to prevent getting and spreading viruses is by building these healthy habits into your everyday life:
Washing your hands often with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs. Here’s how:
When you can’t use soap and water to wash your hands, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60- to 95-percent alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
When you are sick, it’s important that you prevent spreading the virus to others. One thing that makes COVID-19 concerning is that it spreads quickly. Early data suggests that one sick person can infect several others.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, “The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in Hubei province and other parts of China. In the United States, spread from person-to-person has occurred only among a few close contacts and has not spread any further to-date.”
With any infection, you should:
It’s everyone’s responsibility to practice good hygiene. Together, we can slow or stop the spread of virus, including COVID-19, the flu and the common cold.
Effective March 27, 2020
Everyone entering a CMH facility must be screened for COVID-19. This is to protect patients, staff and the community and to comply with an Oregon Health Authority mandate.
You may be denied entry if:
As the coronavirus pandemic progresses, we have had to make many difficult decisions in the past few weeks. One change that may affect you is our visitation policy.
Most patients will no longer be allowed any visitors to the hospital or companions to appointments. This is the best way to protect our patients, staff and community from the coronavirus COVID-19. We understand that this may be distressing and we fully encourage you to use technology like Skype or Facetime to connect with each other.
Exceptions to this rule, include:
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. If you need medical care, please call your primary care provider’s office, use a virtual urgent care (www.columbiamemorial.org/virtual-clinic), or visit an urgent care clinic.
Due to the nationwide shortage in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplies due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Clatsop County Emergency Management is coordinating PPE donations for local clinics, long-term care facilities and first responders, and asks that local and regional businesses and non-health care industries consider donating PPE not currently in use.
Items accepted include any of the following items that are disposable and reusable, unopened and opened, expired and not expired:
All donated supplies will be redistributed to vulnerable healthcare partners who are on the front lines responding to the COVID-19 crisis. Donators will receive a donation letter that can be used for a tax deduction. If you require PPE for your own personal healthcare, please save those supplies for your use.
Starting Friday, March 27 donations will be accepted at the Emergency Management Office at Camp Rilea. These supplies will be coordinated by the Clatsop County Emergency Management and redistributed to local healthcare partners based on priority need. For questions and information: email@example.com or 503-325-8645
Several communities have been providing donations to hospitals to help with COVID-19 response. The state has also been receiving a lot of request for homemade PPE, RVs for COVID recovery, and land for tent hospitals. To help with this, the state has setup a website you can refer community members to for donations: https://oregon-coronavirus-geo.hub.arcgis.com/
Talk to a nurse on the CMH COVID-19 Community Hotline at 503-338-4699. This hotline is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For general information about coronavirus COVID-19:
Media Contact: Nancee Long, 503-338-4504
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