The true impact of the COVID-19 virus in a U.S. community cannot be predicted. Stevens Community Medical Center is taking steps to prepare to protect both our patients and staff. Advice from health professionals such as the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are helping our organization prepare.
The Minnesota Department of Health recommends that people stay home when sick. Don’t go to work and don’t head straight to the clinic or hospital without calling first.
Precautions recommended are those commonly recommended for avoiding colds and flu:
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough.
- If you are experiencing fever, cough or shortness of breath, call first.
The risk of COVID-19 is considered very low for those who haven’t been exposed, and the risk of coming into contact with a person is also low, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.
Stevens Community Medical Center is working closely with the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to receive the latest information on the COVID-19. Additionally we are monitoring the supplies we currently have and working with our regional coalition to ensure that we are prepared.