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Posted on March 30th, 2020 by Speare Memorial Hospital

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Speare Memorial Hospital cares about the safety of our staff, volunteers, patients, and community.  We are continuing to work with staff and the community to make sure proper resources and up to date information are available.

Letter to the Community

COVID-19 update from Dr. Joe Ebner, our Chief Medical Officer:
3/26/2020

Dr. Ebner, Speare’s Chief Medical Officer, presents the latest update on how we are responding to COVID-19.
3/19/2020

What is Coronavirus?

COVID-19 is a new virus and we are still learning how it spreads, the severity of the illness it causes, and to what extent it may spread in the United States

Are you at Risk?

Your risk depends on your potential for being exposed to the virus.  The primary risk factor for infection in the United States is International Travel to countries with travel advisories.

CDC Travel Advisory site:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

If you have symptoms of fever, cough, or shortness of breath you should call your primary care provider BEFORE going to seek medical care at your providers office, urgent care or the emergency department.

Protect Yourself

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. But there are everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Remain home for at least 24 hours after resolution of fever (without fever-reducing medication) or signs of a fever (i.e., chills, feeling warm, flushed appearance), and respiratory symptoms are improving.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Don’t share personal items such as water bottles, smokes and/or vapes.
  • Avoid close contact with individuals who are sick.

A mask should be worn, only if you are showing symptoms, to protect others from getting infected.

Members of the public seeking more information about COVID-19, including risk factors, prevention and treatment, what to do if you are sick, and more please refer to the following websites:

Links for more information about COVID-19

CDC:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

NH DHHS Bureau of Infectious Disease:

https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/2019-ncov.htm

WHO:

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Your local health care community is watching closely and participating with the NH Department of Health and Human Services, the New Hampshire Public Health Network for direction on how to keep our community safe.

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