Media statement from Dr. Jeff Salvon-Harman, chief patient safety officer, Presbyterian Healthcare Services:
All Presbyterian facilities have taken the necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of our patients, staff and community.
Throughout the year, we conduct drills and exercises and have a standard plan in place so we are prepared for a possible widespread infection event. We are following current isolation guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including asking patients with respiratory symptoms to wear a mask when entering the facility and placing patients with identified COVID-19 risks in an isolation room during further assessment. We are also ensuring supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks, gloves, gowns and eye protection, are sufficient and readily available to staff and patients at all facilities.
How can the general public prepare?
While there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, the best ways we can prevent illness are: avoiding exposure through frequent hand washing; avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth; disinfecting frequently touched surfaces; and staying home when sick.
To prepare for COVID-19, the CDC recommends creating a household plan of action. This includes:
- Discussing the specific needs of each person, including those who may be at risk of greater complications from COVID-19 due to older age or chronic health conditions.
- Choose a room in your home that can be used to separate sick household members.
- Learn about emergency plans at your child’s school and your workplace.
- Practice preventive care, including staying home if sick with COVID-19 symptoms, which include fever, cough and difficulty breathing.