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NCCH's final vaccine clinic will be held on May 19, from 9 to 11 am for those who would like a Johnson & Johnson vaccine. We have only 4 spots left. Please call 520-766-6514. 



NCCH COVID line

If you would like to schedule a COVID vaccine at Northern Cochise Community Hospital, please use the COVID Vaccine message line. NCCH is continuing to give Moderna vaccines to those who are age 55 and older and who live or work in Cochise County. Please call our NCCH COVID vaccine line at 520-766-6456 or Ainslee at 520-766-6514 - YOU MUST LEAVE A MESSAGE on either line, with your name, telephone number and age. We will call you back and schedule you for one of our vaccine clinics. 
At this time, we have not yet been issued vaccine for employment priority groups, but you may call the COVID line and leave a message if you have eligible employees. Please also see the new Cochise County Vaccine Prioritization Overview on our Northern Cochise Community Hospital Facebook page. 
Thank you for your patience and trust in NCCH.
For your information, Safeway, Medicine Shoppe and Walker Family Medicine also give vaccines, if you would like to try at those Willcox businesses.




PHASE Changes for vaccines 

Phases have been adjusted for COVID-19 vaccines. Please be patient as NCCH must receive vaccines prior to setting up vaccine clinics. We are  returning calls as soon as we know when and how may vaccines we will receive. Thank you for  your patience!! 
We have written down all of the calls received from the vaccine call line and we will be getting back to you as soon as possible.
Here is the link for the Phase changes on the Cochise County website:                             https://covid-cochisehealth.hub.arcgis.com/pages/vaccines



NCCH COVID Vaccine Clinics

Thank you for your interest in the Covid vaccine and considering us as your healthcare partner. 
We are currently giving the Moderna Covid vaccine and it is free of charge.
As Cochise County advances the tiers, we will be opening up clinics for the residents to be able to go online and register to receive the vaccine.
In order to register, please go to podvaccine.azdhs.gov . You will be required to create an account. Once your account has been created and verified, you will be asked a series of questions, then you will be able to choose our location, clinic, date and time. 
Please keep in mind that we have limited doses and we will not be holding vaccine clinics every day.
Although we will try to accommodate walk-ins, we cannot guarantee that we will have openings or enough vaccines to cover walk-ins.
If you need further assistance, please call Ainslee at 520-766-6514, and we will return your call in a timely manner.

You may also check with local pharmacies and Chiricahua Community Health (cchci.org) for Covid vaccine clinics.
Thank you again for trusting NCCH to be your healthcare partner.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ONLY THOSE WHO LIVE IN COCHISE COUNTY MAY GET THE VACCINES IN COCHISE COUNTY.



COVID vaccines to be available for those age 75 and older Jan. 11


BOTH CLINICS (JAN 11 and 14) ARE NOW FULL - Check back to find the next NCCH Clinic.

NCCH will be able to offer COVID-19 vaccines to those age 75 years and older (and any of those in Phase 1A) beginning on Monday, Jan. 11. We also plan to give vaccines on Thursday, Jan. 14. Both are from 9am to 3pm, in the Rose Allan Senior Center, 990 W Scott St.
Sign up at podvaccine.azdhs.gov, using Chrome. Vaccines are free (no matter where you receive them). 
If you can't sign up through podvaccine.azdhs.gov, try to get a family member or friend to help you. 
Walk-ins are discouraged, as we cannot guarantee that a vaccine will be available without an appointment on podvaccine.azdhs.gov . We will make every effort to accommodate those who cannot register online.
Should you have questions, please call Ainslee at 520-766-6514.
(See the phase chart on Northern Cochise Community Hospital Facebook page for more information)


NCCH COVID-19 Testing line now closed

The NCCH COVID-19 test line is now closed until further notice.

Due to limited COVID-19 tests, at this time NCCH is reserving those tests for ER patients and Inpatients.


COVID-19 Vaccine Implementation Schedule


COVID-19 Vaccines


Northern Cochise Community Hospital should be receiving its first shipment of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines during the week prior to Christmas. 

There will be several phases of vaccine clinics over the next several months.

Phases include:

Phase 1A - Healthcare workers, EMS personnel and Long Term Care facilities

Phase 1B - Prioritized essential workers (Public Safety, Public Works, Educators, Food Service workers)

Phase 1C - Adults with high risk medical conditions and those age 65 and older.

NCCH cannot provide dates for these phases at this time, as they will be determined by the State of Arizona and Cochise County.

NCCH plans to use the Rose C. Allan Senior Center located behind the Hospital (990 W Scott St.) as the vaccination location. NCCH will post when the operations will start for each phase on our web page and on social media pages.
It is important to note that the vaccine requires two shots in order to be effective. The second shot is critical to achieve the desired effects of the vaccine. The second vaccine must be administered approximately 24 days after the first.

At the time of the first vaccination, you will be given a card with the brand of your vaccine, as you must get the same brand for the second shot. NCCH plans to use the same location for your follow up dose.


When do I test for COVID-19?


Test for COVID-19 if you have symptoms of COVID-19. Symptoms include fever, cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, headache, sore throat, muscle aches, nausea/vomiting.

Test for COVID-19 if you have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Close contact is defined by the CDC as someone within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes, starting 2 days before illness onset or 2 days prior to positive COVID-19 test result.


Should I get tested again after I have recovered from my symptoms?


If you have recovered from your symptoms after testing positive for COVID-19, you may continue to test positive for three months or more without being contagious to others. For this reason, you should only be tested if you develop new symptoms of possible COVID-19.


New COVID Testing Hours start next week, Dec. 21


Starting next week, Monday, Dec. 21, NCCH will be testing Monday through Friday, from 7am to 1pm, unless the patient presents with a provider order or to the Emergency Department.

NCCH will NOT be testing on Christmas Day or New Year's Day, unless you go to the Emergency Department.


Covid-19/Coronavirus


COVID-19 Testing Lane
A COVID-19 testing lane has been marked in front of the main lobby. It is open for testing Monday-Friday from 7am to 4pm. STARTING MONDAY, Dec. 21, COVID testing will be open outside from 7am to 1pm. No testing on Christmas Day or new Year's Day.

Vehicles should turn in from Bowie Street and go toward Arizona Avenue. Please stay off of Rex Allen Drive and line up from the other side if necessary. Call (520) 384-3541 to reach the registration desk for your test. Please remember to wear your mask. 

No visitors are allowed at this time, unless accompanying a child.

Mask Up Arizona
Northern Cochise Community Hospital wants everyone to stay safe through the COVID-19 Pandemic. Ensuring safe care for patients, protecting health care professionals providing patient care, and supporting the health and safety of communities requires every one of us to work together. To do so, NCCH would like you to be informed about best practices during the pandemic. Please visit these up-to-date official resources:

Center for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-
ncov/index.html


Up-to-date resource on what to do to slow the spread of COVID-19 and what to do if you feel sick or need to care for a person with coronavirus.
Resources for healthcare professionals Cochise County 

Coronavirus Response Hub: https://covid-cochisehealth.hub.arcgis.com/

Up-to-date information on the status of COVID-19 in Cochise County.

Arizona Department of Health Services: https://www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiologydisease-control/infectious-disease-epidemiology/index.php#novel-coronavirus-home

Up-to-date information on the status of COVID-19 in Arizona.
Access the latest announcements, statistics, and statements from the State Government.
Also, what you need to know about cloth face coverings: https://directorsblog.health.azdhs.gov/cloth-face-coverings-what-you-need-to-know/

Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19


Outpatient services open at NCCH

Lab, Imaging, and Rehab (Physical Therapy) are OPEN at NCCH.

Current Rehab patients may go through the Rehab door on Bowie Street. Lab and Imaging patients go  through the front lobby entrance. All patients will be screened.

As has been the case, the Sulphur Springs Medical Center and the Sunsites Medical Center are open for appointments. Please call 520-384-4421 for SSMC and 520-826-1088 for SMC.

For questions regarding Specialty Clinics, please call 520-766-6575.



Pima County Public Health Advisory: Hospitals at capacity, COVID-19 transmission high
December 9, 2020 / KVOA News 4

Pima County issued a Public Health Advisory Wednesday afternoon regarding hospital capacity in the area.
"COVID-19 transmission is HIGH and hospitals are at capacity. Stay home if you can, especially if you're sick, and wear a mask when out in public," Pima County said.
On Wednesday, the state health department reported 721 new COVID-19 cases in Pima County. There are now 47,570 known cases and the death toll is 746.
This is a Pima County Public Health Advisory. COVID-19 transmission is HIGH and hospitals are at capacity. Stay home if you can, especially if you're sick, and wear a mask when out in public. Details at https://t.co/j1HIERpzVI
Sign up for emergency alert https://t.co/fTzCdPxORL
-- Pima County OEM (@pcoemhs) December 9, 2020
Arizona now reports 382,601 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The death toll is 7,081.
Tucson Medical Center nurses sent out a letter to the community asking them to help slow the spread of the virus. Nurses hope to "encourage the Tucson community to do its part - wear masks, wash hands, stay home as much as possible and remain physically distant."
For Arizona COVID-19 Hotline:  Call 1-844-542-8201
For more COVID-19 related news, visit kvoa.com/thecoronavirus/.

Symptoms include fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Anyone experiencing symptoms is advised to stay home and self-manage their care, and to stay away from others until at least 72 hours after their fever is gone and symptoms of acute infection resolve. Contact your healthcare provider if you are unable to manage your symptoms at home.
 
The County has established a COVID-19 website where the public can find a wealth of information, including testing criteria, community and business resources, case updates, donation and volunteer opportunities, social media help sites, County services updates, and more. Visit https://covid-cochisehealth.hub.arcgis.com/




March 25, 2020

PPE Donations
Thank you for your generosity and offers to donate personal protective equipment (PPE). Keeping colleagues, patients and families safe is critical during these unprecedented times.


Posted March 18, 2020

What is TMC Now?
TMC Now connects you with a provider 24/7/365 through the convenience of phone or video. It's health care when and where you need it! Get more information & coupon code here.

It's easy to use:

1. Visit TMCnow.tmcaz.com or download the free TMC Now app
2. Complete your personal registration page
3. Request a consult
4. For the reduced cost visit (from $49 to $20), enter the coupon code: Spring20
5. Talk with a provider

The visits are good for one person, one time. Can be used for patients or staff.


Posted March 16, 2020

Visitor Restrictions
Today NCCH is restricting access and visitor controls. All persons must enter the Hospital through the Main lobby, East Side Arizona Ave. Entries are Closed until further notice. Visitors are limited to one per patient and no children under 13.

CDC information on the Coronavirus: www.cdc.gov

What we know about the Coronavirus

Symptoms
For confirmed 2019-nCoV infections, reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying. Symptoms can include:
Fever
Cough
Shortness of breath
And numerous others

Prevention
CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

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.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Treatment
There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for 2019-nCoV infection. People infected with 2019-nCoV should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions.

Steps to help prevent the spread of 2019-nCoV if you are sick:

Stay home except to get medical care
You should not leave your home, except to get medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas, and do not use public transportation or taxis.

Separate yourself from other people in your home
As much as possible, you should stay in a different room from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.

Call ahead before visiting your doctor
Before your medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell them that you have, or are being evaluated for, 2019-nCoV infection. This will help the healthcare provider's office take steps to keep other people from getting infected.

Wear a facemask
You should wear a facemask when you are in the same room with other people and when you visit a healthcare provider. If you cannot wear a facemask, the people who live with you should wear one while they are in the same room with you.

Cover your coughs and sneezes
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or you can cough or sneeze into your sleeve. Throw used tissues in a lined trash can, and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Wash your hands
Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. You can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid sharing household items
You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, bedding, or other items with other people in your home. After using these items, you should wash them thoroughly with soap and water.

Monitor your symptoms
Get medical care quickly if your illness is getting worse (for example if you are having trouble breathing). Call the healthcare provider ahead of time and tell them that you have, or are being evaluated for, 2019-nCoV infection. This will help the healthcare provider's office take steps to keep other people from getting infected.

Avoid contact with pets and other animals
Do not handle pets or other animals while sick. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with 2019-nCoV, several types of coronaviruses can cause illness in animals and spread between animals and people. Until we know more, avoid contact with animals and wear a facemask if you must be around animals or care for a pet.