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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

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Woldenberg Village Updates:

Be cautious! The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General issued an alert about COVID-19 related fraud schemes. Scammers are targeting Medicare beneficiaries and are offering fake, unauthorized COVID-19 test kits. Visit the HHS Office of Inspector General’s COVID-19 Fraud Alert website for more information on these scams and ways to protect yourself and your loved ones.


There will be a mandatory prohibition of all visitors that are not essential to a resident’s care. This restriction will be active at Woldenberg Village for a period of 30 days (March 12-April 10, 2020). We fully understand that your visits with your loved one are important and have a huge influence on their quality of life. The elderly population here at Woldenberg Village are most at risk and require stringent protocols to guard against community spread of the virus. As a facility, we are also limiting all doctor visits and any outside appointments for residents to only those that are absolutely essential.

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) information

What is 2019 novel coronavirus?

The 2019 novel coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV, is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person to person. This virus was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus a global health emergency. The same day, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the first human-to-human transmission in the United States. The CDC and the LCMC Health readiness Workgroup continue to closely monitor the situation.

Is novel coronavirus spreading in the United States?

COVID-19 is spreading from person to person in China, and limited spread among close contacts has been detected in some countries outside China, including the United States. At this time, however, this virus is NOT currently spreading in communities in the United States. Right now, the greatest risk of infection is for people in China or people who have traveled to China. Risk of infection is dependent on exposure. Close contacts of people who are infected are at greater risk of exposure, for example health care workers and close contacts of people who are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. CDC and LCMC Health continues to closely monitor the situation.

Have there been cases of COVID-19 in the U.S.?

Yes. The first case of COVID-19 in the United States was reported on January 21, 2020. The current count of cases of COVID-19 in the United States is available on CDC’s webpage at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html

What are the symptoms of the novel coronavirus?

Patients with the COVID-19 have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • Fever

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath

How can I help protect myself and others?

It’s still cold and flu season, and the same practices that stop the spread of these common illnesses are recommended:

  • 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.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.

  • Cover mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue away and wash your hands.

  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces you touch.

What should someone do if they recently traveled to a level 3 travel advisory country and got sick after returning?

If you traveled to a Level 3 travel advisory country within the past 14 days and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you should seek medical care. 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.

What is LCMC Health doing?

LCMC Health is committed to the health and safety of our members, patients, employees, and physicians. As in all cases of emerging infectious diseases, we monitor closely and follow CDC recommendations. As more is understood about this virus, recommendations may change.

To help protect our patients against flu and other respiratory illness, LCMC Health currently has visitor restrictions in place. Please avoid visiting if you have a cough, fever, sore throat, body aches or gastrointestinal symptoms. Thank you.

Where can I get the latest coronavirus information?

For the latest information, visit the CDC website.

Sources:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention