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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 from 7 am to 8 pm. Vehicles should turn in from Bowie Street and go toward Arizona Avenue. Please remember to wear your mask into NCCH. 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/

"Release from Isolation" Guidance

Stay at Home Order

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

Call (520) 384-4421 to make tele-health or in-person appointments!

To ensure the welfare and safety of the general public as well as staff and patients in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic response, Sulphur Springs Medical Center and Sunsites Medical Center will be offering telehealth services beginning April 7, 2020. Reducing patient and staff exposure reduces the risk for everyone. The following services qualify for a telehealth visit:

1. Established patients only.  New patients must still be seen in person.
2. Medication refills
3. Lab follow ups
4. Asymptomatic suspected COVID-19 exposure

Telehealth appointments will be conducted in the following format:

1. Medical Assistant contacts patient prior to the appointment to conduct a reconciliation of the medical record.
2. The Medical Assistant will connect the patient with the provider.
3. Your appointment will be up to 30 minutes to accommodate for additional counseling that occur during this difficult time.
4. If a follow up appointment should be scheduled, the provider will connect with registration to make the appointment.

Please, if you have an upcoming telehealth appointment make sure that we have the correct contact information on file.

If you suspect that you have COVID-19 and want to be seen please do not enter the clinics. Contact the main number at (520) 384-4421 and we will have a medical professional come to you in the parking lot in order to reduce exposing others. We are offering COVID-19 testing at the clinics and the hospital but the screening criteria set by the Arizona Department of Health Services must be met.

Individuals should not avoid seeking medical care but we all need to be conscious of our interactions with others and practice social distancing. We will get through this together. Wash your hands frequently!


April 1, 2020

COVID-19 Testing

NCCH will have the Triage Tent back up as of today (Wednesday, April 1). All patients (except Rehab patients -who go trough the Rehab door for screening) must go through the Triage Tent for screening in front of the lobby before being sent to their service destination. This includes all outpatients, as well as MRI patients on Saturday.

COVID-19 testing will ONLY be done if the patient is symptomatic while at the Triage Tent. Symptoms are fever, dry cough, shortness of breath.

The Triage Tent is NOT a drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic for all.  The Triage Tent is part of our Emergency Room.

Individuals who do not meet the criteria will not be tested.

Thank you for your understanding.

Outpatient services now open at NCCH

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

Current Rehab patients may go through the Rehab door on Bowie Street. All patients will be screened.

All other patients, starting Wednesday (April 1), should go to the Triage Tent that will be up again outside of the front lobby, where everyone will be screened before entering the hospital.

As has been the case, the Sulphur Springs Medical Center and the Sunsites Medical Center are open for appointments.

Specialty Clinics are not available at this time.


March 25, 2020

Second COVID-19 case confirmed in Cochise County
 
A second case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Cochise County.
 
The County's Health & Social Services Department received confirmation of a positive test this morning (Wednesday, March 25). The first case was confirmed on Friday, March 20.
 
The individual who tested positive is a female adult who has just returned from overseas travel. She has followed all self-isolation guidance and is recovering at home. A contact investigation has been completed and no threat to the community has been found. The County will not be releasing any further information about this individual to protect their privacy.
 
The individual who tested positive on March 20 is recovering at home and remains in self-isolation.
 
"It's important to note that both confirmed cases are related to domestic and overseas travel, but neither case is connected," said Health Director Carrie Langley. "We want to remind the public that they should adhere to current travel advice from the CDC. Anyone who has recently returned from a trip should self-quarantine for 14 days, self-monitor for symptoms and social distance."
 
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.

Northern Cochise Community Hospital is grateful for your generosity!

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused international shortages of critical PPE. NCCH is accepting donations, including the following items:

Disposable head covers 
Disposable Gowns 
Disposable Gloves 
N95 respirator face masks 
Disposable face masks 
Face-shields/goggles 
Coveralls/scrubs 
Shoe-covers 
Disinfection wipes and liquids 
General-purpose hand cleaners

Please bring donated items in original, unopened packaging.

We are grateful and willing to accept homemade masks, as well!

When starting this project, please consider:

Have you been in contact with anyone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 in the past two weeks?
Do you have fever, cough or shortness of breath?
If you are able to answer "NO" to both questions, then proceed with making masks.
If you answer "YES" to either or both questions, please do not make masks. If you are experiencing cough, fever, or shortness of breath and have a concern that you may have COVID-19 please call your primary care provider for a risk assessment.

Please email us at awittig@ncch.com to contact our staff to coordinate drop off times. CQCH colleagues who would like to coordinate third party donations may use this email as well.

We thank you and appreciate your generosity!


Posted March 20, 2020

REMINDER: Hospital visiting policies have changed. Only one visitor is allocated at a time. No visitors under the age of 13. Do not visit if you have a fever, cold, or flu symptoms. All visitors MUST stop at the registration desk for screening.


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
2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. Early on, many of the patients in the outbreak in Wuhan, China reportedly had some link to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, a growing number of patients reportedly have not had exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread is occurring.

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

If you believe you are experiencing COVID-19/Coronavirus symptoms click here.

Prevention
There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, 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.
People who think they may have been exposed to 2019-nCoV should contact your healthcare provider immediately.

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.