Coronavirus: What to Do, What to Know

There’s no need to panic about the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, but you should be prepared, so you can protect yourself, your family, and your community. On this page you’ll find helpful information and links.

State and Federal Resources

The State of California has launched a new coronavirus information website as part of an ongoing campaign to boost awareness for the best practices, resources and the latest information about the coronavirus. The website features announcements from the State Health Officer and Surgeon General, suggested actions that can be taken to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, as well as the number of confirmed cases and deaths related to the virus. (Providers are encouraged to continue to check the Medi-Cal website regularly for updates for our programs.)

Another excellent resource is the US Centers for Diseases Control website.

When and How to Go to Mee Memorial Facilities

Updated Visitor Policy

To protect our patients, staff, and community, we have implemented further restrictions on visitation in our hospital, emergency department and outpatient clinics. Due to the evolving situation with COVID-19, we are restricting visitors for inpatients as well as outpatient procedures, until further notice.

To ensure everyone’s safety, NO VISITORS WILL BE ALLOWED except the following:

  • End-of-life patient visits will be will be managed at the discretion of the Chief Nursing Officer
  • One parent if patient is a minor seen in ED or during an outpatient appointment
  • One parent or guardian for pediatric patients
  • One birth partner for patients in labor
  • One person for Persons requiring physical and or mental assistance.

All visitors may be screened before entering the facility to ensure they do not have a temperature of 100 degrees or above, or any other symptoms of cough or illness. We recommend using phone calls, FaceTime, or Skype, to connect with loved ones. People with chronic disease or who are over the age of 65 are discouraged from visiting the hospital. Hospitals around the county are implementing similar restrictions as we all work to control the spread of COVID19.

Safety Guidelines for You, Your Family, and Our Community

This short video from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has very good, easy to understand information and advice:

Here is a short What to Do list (be sure also to stay up-to-date with news from public health officials):

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds,especially after using the rest room; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • If you have traveled to China or been around people who are sick with the Corona Virus in the past 14 days and you feel sick, get medical advice and call ahead before going to a doctor’s office or emergency room.

Signs & Symptoms of coronavirus infection:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath.

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