JCHC Prepared for Coronavirus. A letter from the CEO

CEO of JCHC, Sean McCallister

Dear Patients and Johnson County Residents,

The spread of the “coronavirus” is an increasing concern around the world, including the United States. I want to assure you that Johnson County Healthcare Center (JCHC) is monitoring the situation closely, and we continuously prepare for these types of events. Individual, family and community health are our utmost priority.

 

What We Know

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause illness in animals or humans. Several of them cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more serious diseases, such as SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome).

 

The most recently discovered (novel) coronavirus, “COVID-19,” often has symptoms similar to the flu and include fever, cough, and tiredness. However, some people who become infected do not develop any symptoms. Most people recover from the disease without needing special treatment.

 

Around one in six people with COVID-19 become seriously ill and have difficulty breathing. The elderly and/or people with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart, and respiratory issues or diabetes are more likely to develop serious illness, including death.

 

COVID-19 is contagious and typically spreads between humans through small droplets in the nose or mouth released when an infected person coughs or exhales. It is also possible for a person to become infected by touching their nose or mouth after contact with a surface or object contaminated with the virus.

 

Be aware of images and misinformation in the media regarding facemasks. It is important to understand that facemasks are specifically for people with respiratory symptoms, such as a cough, to avoid spreading an infection to others, as well as for healthcare workers. They are not for general use.

 

How Johnson County Healthcare Center is Preparing

JCHC works closely with the (WDH) Wyoming Department of Health and our local Public Health Department. We utilize tools provided by the CDC (Center for Disease Control), WHO (World Health Organization) and CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) to evaluate our infection prevention program and policies. We continuously monitor medical supply levels and other important healthcare resources. We educate our team members about best practices to protect themselves and others, and we train and drill for patient surge scenarios.

 

What You Can Do

In addition to the normal things you do to stay healthy, preventive measures are the same as the flu and other viruses:

  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub that is at least 60 percent alcohol content.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cough or sneeze into your bent elbow or tissue (then throw the tissue in the trash) and clean your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaner.
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Stay informed with reliable sources such as the WDH, CDC, WHO, and CMS. For links to information sources we trust, please visit our website at jchealthcare.com.

 

When to Seek Care

  • If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early to reduce the risk of developing a serious infection.
    • Call the JCHC Family Medical Clinic at 307-684-2228 to schedule an appointment.
    • Share any recent travel history with your healthcare provider.

 

JCHC suggests you prepare yourself and your family in the event a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in our communities. Consider basic steps to prevent the spread of infection, develop a plan regarding work, school, childcare, etc., and seek information from reliable sources due to COVID-19’s evolving status in our country.

Together we will ensure our local communities remain healthy and vibrant.

 

Sincerely,

Sean McCallister

CEO,

Johnson County Healthcare Center

Buffalo, Wyoming,  82834