COVID – 19
Please call 563-568-3411 before arriving to our hospital, urgent care or emergency room with respiratory symptoms.
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Effective immediately, VMH is instituting entrance restrictions in order to minimize patient exposure to respiratory viruses such as the flu and coronavirus.
GENERAL QUESTIONS? CALL 2-1-1
Veterans Memorial Hospital continues to closely monitor the international situation concerning COVID-19.
What are COVID-19 symptoms?
Coronaviruses are respiratory, meaning most people who have Coronavirus will have a cough, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, and fever.
In 80% of patients, COVID-19 causes only mild cold symptoms. The elderly, and those with pre-existing medical conditions appear to be more vulnerable to the virus.
If you are experiencing respiratory symptoms, please call Veterans Memorial Hospital before entering our facility.
How do people get Coronavirus?
COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, similar to the flu – through the air from a cough or sneeze of someone who has the virus.
It may be possible a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object which 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.
How can we prevent the spread of COVID-19?
To help prevent the spread of all viruses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends:
- Staying home if you are sick
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
- Covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze
- Thoroughly washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Disinfecting surfaces and objects using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
Should we wear facemasks to prevent COVID-19?
The CDC does not recommend people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. You should only wear a mask if a health care professional recommends it. A facemask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms. This is to protect others from the risk of getting infected.
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 the disease from spreading to people in your home and community:
- Call ahead before visiting your doctor
- Stay home except to get medical care
- Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home
- Wear a facemask
- Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Clean your hands often
- Avoid sharing personal household items
- Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday
- Monitor your symptoms
At Veterans Memorial Hospital, we are following guidance provided by the CDC and Iowa Public Health Department to screen patients for symptoms including fever and respiratory signs as well as the patient’s travel history and exposure to those who have traveled.
If you have general questions on COVID-19, please dial 2-1-1. For the latest CDC guidelines, visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/.