With national and international concerns rising about the coronavirus disease 2019

(COVID-19), Bullock County Hospital is taking precautionary steps to protect the health status of patients, staff and the community against the spread of the respiratory illness. The virus that causes COVID-19 was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China and it is spreading from person to person in the United States. The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with each other (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.

Bullock County Hospital is implementing the protocols of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and closely monitoring the respiratory illness. Because of the complexities of the coronavirus disease, our hospital is limiting visitors and taking preventive actions to keep from spreading the illness to others. In addition, we are sharing information that you need to know about the coronavirus disease 2019.

If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, follow the steps below to help prevent from spreading to people in your home and community:

Stay home except to get medical care – You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school or a public area.

Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home –

People: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room away from other people in your home. Always be sure to use a separate bathroom, if possible.

Animals: Do not handle pets or other animals while sick.

Call ahead before visiting your doctor – If you have a medical appointment,

call the healthcare provider and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.

If you develop symptoms- People can help protect themselves from COVID-19 with everyday prevention actions.

Wear a facemask when you are around other people

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash; immediately wash your hands with soap and water.

Avoid sharing personal household items. You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they are dry.

Clean all “high-touch” surfaces every day including counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.

Monitor your symptoms – seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing). Before seeking care, call your healthcare providers and tell them that you have, or are being evaluated for, COVID-19.

Discontinuing home isolation – patients with confirmed COVID-19 should remain under home isolation precautions until the risk of secondary transmission to others is thought to be low.

The decision to discontinue home isolation precautions should be made on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments.

For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/COVID19

Infection Control Department

Bullock County Hospital

102 West Conecuh Street

Union Springs, Alabama 36089

334-738-2140

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