COVID-19 Corona Virus Community Update
Michael Landes President Eisenhower Health Foundation
How is Eisenhower Responding?
• Eisenhower is on the front line and responding with great professionalism and care. Our hotline, staffed with trained RNs, has fielded over 6,000 phone calls from local residents.
• Hotline Number: 760-837-8988
• As of Wednesday, March 18th, 2020, Eisenhower has tested 194 people: 88 tested negative, 12 tested positive and 94 are pending results.
IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO KNOW How Does COVID-19 Spread?
• Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) when an infected person coughs or sneezes through droplets, not through the air in general.
• By touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes
What are the Symptoms of COVID19? Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
• Fever of 100.4 if experiencing underlying medical issues (this changes based on CDC guidelines)
• Dry cough
• Shortness of Breath
How Can I Protect Myself?
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick (Social Distancing – at least 6 feet apart)
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
• Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
What to do if you are sick
• Call the Eisenhower Hotline 760-837-8988 if concerned
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
• While sick, avoid contact with people, don’t go out. Delay any travel to reduce spreading to others.
If You Want to be Tested for COVID-19
• If you wish to be tested, call the Hotline: 760-837-8988
• The results of your conversation will determine whether you are a candidate for testing
The reality is that the distribution of testing swabs and kits are insufficient to meet the demand. That causes hospitals all over to set up systems that “triage” the worried and allow only those who fit the criteria to test.
• Currently there is no vaccine and no antiviral treatment
• People with COVID-19 can seek medical care to help relieve symptoms
• Masking is ineffective as prevention, remember this is a droplet NOT airborne infection and use depletes supplies for health care professionals caring for the ill
RECAP: What Should You Do?
• On March 16, 2020, the Riverside County Public Health Officer issued an order prohibiting the gathering of “at least 10 individuals” through April 30
• For the near term:
– Stay home except to get medications, groceries, or exercise, delay travel
– Don’t participate in events greater than 10 people
– Be diligent with hand hygiene
– If you are mildly ill without healthcare needs stay home, reduce burden to the local healthcare system
Keep in Perspective
Keep all of this in perspective and, if possible, avoid becoming too stressed about COVID-19. Stress can cause more harm by making you susceptible to sickness. Take the appropriate precautions, and together we will contain this locally and nationally.
Over the next 10-20 days, we will see the results of all of our local, state and national efforts to blunt this pathogen.
G. Aubrey Serfling CEO President
Michael Landes President Foundation