Press Release October 12, 2020 COVID-19

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COVID-19 October 12, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JOHNSON COUNTY

  • As of 10/11/20, there were 11 active cases and 14 additional probable cases in Johnson County
  • 38 total confirmed cases since March
  • 1 death
  • An additional patient died last week that JCHC admitted for non-COVID related issues, but was COVID-positive postmortem; thus, there’s potentially a second death

JOHNSON COUNTY HEALTHCARE CENTER

  • Tested 79 people in the last 8 days; 10 people were positive and 6 test results are pending
  • Today we have 2 positive inpatients
  • We will rapid PCR test all patients admitted to the hospital effective immediately
  • We are considering PCR testing (via our commercial lab) for all elective surgery patients prior to the procedure
  • We are bolstering clinic resources to handle increasing phone inquiries and COVID screening/eval volume
  • Pre-construction work begins this week for our COVID-related upgrade projects: (1) new air handlers, (2) sterile processing remodel, (3) surgery recovery remodel and (4) surgery family waiting room remodel; actual construction will occur Oct 26 – Dec 31  

AMIE HOLT CARE CENTER

  • There are no positive COVID cases at AHCC
  • AHCC is closed to visitors at this time except for end-of-life situations
  • All AHCC staff are tested weekly based on Johnson County’s current positivity rate

TESTING

  • We started using our new Rapid PCR COVID Analyzer (the gold standard COVID test) last week and the quick inhouse turnaround times are extremely beneficial
  • We will offer inhouse Rapid Antigen COVID Testing in the near future to supplement our Rapid PCR COVID Testing in specific circumstances   

JCHC UNIVERSAL MASKING & VISITATION POLICIES

  • All staff and visitors are required to wear face coverings while in JCHC buildings; there are no exceptions
  • In general, visitation is limited to one person per patient; in some cases, visitation is completely prohibited; expanded visitation may be allowed for end-of-life situations 

COVID BASICS:

  • You are considered a close contact if you have been around someone closer than 6 feet, without both of you wearing masks for more than 15 minutes; there is a high risk of transmitting or receiving the virus if you haven’t taken proper precautions 
  • Wear a mask when you can’t social distance
  • If anyone is within 6 feet of you, wear a mask
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • If you have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, stay home and quarantine until you are contacted by public health officials

JCHC strongly encourages everyone to continue to do your part at work, home and in the community to ensure wellness and safety for all.