Avala’s priority is always the health and safety of our patients, physicians, staff and community. Avala is keeping in close communication with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to monitor this evolving situation of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
At Avala you can feel confident that we are doing everything possible to protect our community’s health and safety.
What is Avala doing?
New Visitor Restrictions
To further protect the health of our patients, staff, and the community and prevent the potential spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are applying many new guidelines on our campus. A modified visitor policy has been applied across Avala Hospital, Avala Imaging Center and Avala Physical Therapy effective March 17, 2020. This policy limits the number of visitors per patient, restricts the number of entry points into our facilities and implements screening for all patients and visitors.
All Avala team members engaged with patients are also required to wear a mask in order to further our COVID-19 preventative measures. We also encourage all patients and their visitors to wear masks while on the Avala campus.
- Visitor Policy Guidelines:
- All visitors and patients, including vendors and contractors, will be screened at designated entry points. Visitors who are sick or do not meet screening criteria will not be allowed to enter the facility.
- All outpatient visitors are asked to wait outside – no visitors allowed entry into the lobbies.
- All inpatients are limited to 1 visitor (18 years or older) for their entire stay. The 1 visitor must remain the same throughout the patient’s entire length of stay. This visitor will be asked to wait in the patient’s private suite.
- All visitors allowed to enter the facility will be required to wear a wrist band indicating they have successfully met the screening criteria. Any visitor not wearing a wrist band will be asked to leave the facility if appropriate.
What you need to know about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
What is COVID-19?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
How does COVID-19 spread?
The virus that causes COVID-19 is now spreading from person to person. The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (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, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
- Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
- Shortness of Breath
How can you protect yourself?
- People can help protect themselves from respiratory illness with everyday preventive actions:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- 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 if soap and water are not available.
If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should:
Stay home when you are sick. Make sure to cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Don’t forget to clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
What should I do if I recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19?
If you have traveled from an affected area, there may be restrictions on your movements for up to 2 weeks. If you develop symptoms during that period (fever, cough, trouble breathing), seek medical advice. Call the office of your health care provider before you go, and tell them about your travel and your symptoms. They will give you instructions on how to get care without exposing other people to your illness. While sick, avoid contact with people, don’t go out and delay any travel to reduce the possibility of spreading illness to others.
Is there a vaccine?
There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to take everyday preventive actions, like avoiding close contact with people who are sick and washing your hands often.
Is there a treatment?
There is no specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 can seek medical care to help relieve symptoms.
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Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention