Palo Alto County is advising residents about what they can do now to prepare for the potential spread of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. To date, no one in Palo Alto County has tested positive for COVID-19.
“Since the start of this outbreak, Palo Alto County Public Health has worked closely with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) to monitor potential cases of COVID-19,” We have and will continue to work with our local, state and national partners to be ready in case the virus does come to our county.
There are things all Palo Alto County residents can do to help prevent the spread of all viruses, including influenza and COVID-19:
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your upper arm/elbow
- Clean your hands frequently with soap and water
- Contain germs by staying home when ill
Residents should prepare for the potential of COVID-19 in the same way they prepare for severe weather or other events that could disrupt their normal routine. This includes making a plan and discussing it with your family. What would you do if you could not go to work or school because of illness? What if your day care provider was ill? How would you get groceries if you were ill? These are all questions to consider.
Symptoms of the COVID-19 in people who have been exposed can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. The symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
WE ARE NOW AT LEVEL 4 VISITOR RESTRICTIONS
- Everyone entering the hospital will be screened at entrance.
- Visitors with respiratory or influenza like symptoms are restricted
- All visitors/patients must use main entrance
- Only one visitor per patient.
- Vendors please use door 12
AS WE FACE COVID-19 IN OUR COMMUNITIES, HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- West Bend and Graettinger Clinics will NOT see patients with respiratory symptoms. Instead, all respiratory patients will be seen in the Emmetsburg Clinic. In Emmetsburg we have designated part of our clinic to accommodate patients presenting respiratory illness symptoms (Cough, Fever, Sore Throat, Shortness of Breath, etc.).
- Due to our ability to care for these patients at the Emmetsburg Family Practice Clinic, ALL patients with respiratory illness symptoms in our West Bend or Graettinger Clinics will be redirected and scheduled at our Emmetsburg Clinic.
- Our West Bend and Graettinger Family Practice Clinics will see community members for well checks, physicals, non- respiratory symptoms, and medication checks.
- All patients/visitors will be screened and must use main entrance at all clinics.
- No walk-in patients will be seen at any of the clinics - all patients must call in first.
- Based on your symptoms you may be given specific instructions.
Call 712-852-5500 to make an appointment.
HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC:
- Practice social distancing—keep 6 feet between yourself and others, and avoid crowds
- Wash your hands with soap frequently and use hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable
- Cover your sneezes and coughs with the crease of your elbow , and stay home if you feel sick
- Donate any PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) such as isolation gowns, gloves, masks, face shield/eye protection, respirators, etc. to PACHS. Email PACHScommunity@mercyhealth.com for donations
MORE INFORMATION ON COVID-19
- PACHS Facebook Page @ Palo Alto County Health System, Iowa
- Covid-19 Hotline – DIAL 2-1-1