Novel Coronavirus 2019
With the continued spread of Novel (new) Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) within the United States, Washington County Hospital and Clinics (WCHC) is taking steps to limit the spread and concern of the virus within our community. WCHC is committed to the health and well-being of our patients, residents, caregivers, and our community. In light of the current COVID-19 concerns, we are taking extra precautions to keep everyone safe including modifying protocols for patients with certain symptoms.
Frequently Asked Questions
How you can help during COVID-19Times like this highlight the importance of a strong healthcare system to our community. Help to alleviate the unprecedented challenges facing WCHC due to the coronavirus pandemic and take action today. Consider making a donation to support current needs associated with COVID-19 and to ensure the viability of the WCHC for the future. Click here to learn more about the Washington County Hospital Foundation's Healthcare Heroes campaign and the actions you can take to support our hospital, caregivers, and our community.
COVID-19 Recent Updates
- Visitor Restrictions Remain in Effect at WCHC
- COVID-19 Wellness Testing
- WCHC Now Offering COVID Wellness Testing
- COVID-19 Antibody Testing
- COVID-19 Antibody Testing Now Available at WCHC
- Rehab Services Resume at WCHC
- Medical Clinic Reopens for Primary Care
- Responsibly Expanding Services
- WCHC Offers COVID-19 Quick Test Clinic
- Meditation with Dr. Martin
- 4/24/20 COVID-19 Update
- Mental Health and COVID-19
- WCHC Continues to Provide Primary Care Services
- Thank You to Our Unseen Heroes at WCHC
- TeleVisits Available at WCHC
- 4/17/20 COVID-19 Update
- The High Risk Population and COVID-19
- Kids and COVID-19
- TeleVisits Now Available
- COVID-19 Confirmed at McCreedy Home
- Thank You to Local Businesses
- Podcast - COVID Testing and WCHC's Response
- Podcast - WCHC's Response & Trends of COVID-19
- Residents Encouraged to Do Their Part to Stop the Spread - Social Distancing Explained
- Thank You to Local Businesses
- Heightened Visitor Restrictions at WCHC
- Beans Pharmacy Meets Patient Need While Practicing Social Distancing
- WCHC is Prepared for COVID-19
- Help Stop the Spread
- WCHC Implements Respiratory Triage Clinic & Urges the Public to Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
- WCHC Increases Restrictions to Address Growing Concern of COVID-19
- Questions About COVID-19? Call 2-1-1
- Podcast - COVID-19 Symptoms & Precautions
- WCHC Implements Visitor Restrictions and Responds to Coronavirus Concerns
What is COVID-19?Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause illness in people, and others circulate among animals, including camels, cats and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can evolve, infect people and then spread between people. That is the case with COVID-19. Human coronaviruses are common throughout the world and commonly cause mild to moderate illness. However, the emergence of Novel (new) coronavirus, COVID-19 has been associated with more severe respiratory illness.
COVID-19 is a new virus strain that is believed to spread in similar ways as the common cold, such as when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the risk remains low for exposure in the United States. WCHC continues to monitor the developing situation of COVID-19. Established infection prevention protocols will continue to be followed and WCHC staff are prepared to care for patients taking necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our patients, caregivers, visitors, and community.
How to Protect YourselfYou can protect yourself from COVID-19 in the same manner you protect against the common cold or seasonal flu.
- Wash your hands frequently. An alcohol-based gel works well in most situations like after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose. Hand washing with soap and water should be performed after going to the bathroom, before eating, or when your hands are visibly soiled.
- Cover your cough/sneeze. Cough or sneeze into your arm, shoulder, or use a tissue. Avoid covering your mouth with your hands, as germs can easily be passed through direct contact with surfaces or people. If you use a tissue, immediately throw the tissue in the trash.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Routinely disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, using cleaning spray or disinfectant wipes.
- Avoid travel to high-risk countries. Non-essential travel is discouraged to or through any of the countries for which the CDC has issued a level 2 or 3 travel health notice.
For additional guidance visit Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the CDC.
If you feel sickIt is advised for individuals who feel sick to use home quarantine or home isolation. Before you go to the doctor's office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your symptoms and recent travel. Staff have been trained to assess your symptoms over the phone and will advise you on the appropriate location to receive care.
- Stay home if you believe you have been exposed to the virus, even if you are not showing any symptoms.
- If you have traveled to a country on the CDC's travel list and feel ill, call your health care provider.
- Stay home when you are sick, especially if you have respiratory illness symptoms. At this time, these symptoms are more likely due to the common cold or influenza or other respiratory viruses than to COVID-19. Whether you have the seasonal flu, the common cold, or something else it is important you stay away from others when sick.
- Monitor yourself for fever, coughing, and shortness of breath.