COVID -19 Update April 1, 2020
This is a very difficult time for everyone. VBCH is trying to keep the community as informed as we can about the virus, while staying within our legal limitations. VBCH legally cannot give any more information out about a patient, that tested positive, then what has been said in the press release from IDPH.
We encourage all residents to keep washing hands frequently with soap and water, cover coughs and sneezes with tissue or upper elbow, stay at home when ill and to please practice social distancing.
To better protect our patients, staff and community we have made the following decisions about visitors. No visitors will be allowed in hospital rooms, unless the patient is in hospice, or a pediatric patient.
VBCH Emergency Department, Clinics and Procedural visits will be limited to one family member or support service person. This person will be required to receive and pass the health requirements to be permitted in.
Keosauqua Rural Health Clinic will be open Monday through Friday 8-5, outlying and Saturday clinics will be looked at on a weekly basis We are trying to rotate clinic openings, depending on staff and patient needs. Our Respiratory Clinic will be open Monday through Friday 10:00am – 2:00 pm and is located in the Community Service Building.
Patients are asked to call in, so nurses can triage patients on the phone, to see if it is necessary for them to come in. Iowa Department of Public Health is reporting that “Approximately 80% of Iowans infected with COVID-19 will experience only a mild to moderate illness. Most mildly ill Iowans do not need to go to their healthcare provider or be tested to confirm they have COVID-19.” VBCH has limited test available at this time and most patients do not meet the IDPH guidelines to be tested. VBCH staff is working with state partners to attain more testing equipment.
IDPH also suggest that sick patients stay at home and isolated from other in the house until:
- You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers)
- other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved)
- at least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.
If you think you may need healthcare, PLEASE CALL 319-293-8732 FIRST, TO SCHEDULE A TIME AND CLINIC YOU SHOULD COME TO.