As the Coronavirus (COVID 19) discussion continues to receive daily coverage, we want everyone in Gaines County to be aware of the current status and what to do now. First of all, please remember that 85% of patients who are infected with this virus recover within a couple of weeks. The high risk population are individuals over the age of 60 who have other underlying problems, such as pulmonary disease. To date, there have been no confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Gaines County. Please remember there is no current vaccine or specific medication for the treatment of Coronavirus. Remaining home, getting plenty of rest and keeping hydrated is your best course.
It is very important to take the following steps to minimize your potential exposure to this virus:
- Avoid large crowds (public events, concerts, cruises)
- Wash your hands thoroughly – at least 20 seconds – with soap and water several times a day or immediately after touching public areas (door handles, stair railings, elevator buttons, etc)
- If soap and water are not immediately available, use a hand sanitizer
- Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes
- Clean and disinfect your home
- If you are in the high risk category – over 60 and have other health problems (pulmonary / lung disease, heart disease, diabetes) – please remain at home as much as possible.
The basic symptoms for Coronavirus are:
- Persistent cough
- Difficulty breathing
- Persistent pressure in chest
If you have these symptoms, do not come to the Clinic, Hospital, Emergency Room or your Provider’s office – we do not want others to become infected. Please call the Health Department Hotline at 800-360-6510 and there is a protocol for determining whether testing for the virus will be done. Not all patients with these symptoms will be tested – local and state health department staff will determine if a test is warranted.
As always, if you have a life threatening emergency, call 911 or you may come to the Emergency Room and we will treat you.
Click here for current information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
Thank you for your understanding as we all work through this period of time. We will continue to provide updates as new information is available.