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March 23, 2020 at 7:15 p.m.

Humboldt County Memorial Hospital COVID-19 Update

There are currently NO known cases of COVID-19 in Humboldt County.

As we continue to venture through this new journey together, we want you to know we are here for you should you have any questions. We also want you to know the best place to understand the current facts are by going to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) website at https://idph.iowa.gov or the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) website at https://www.cdc.gov. These are the trusted resources for you and your family.

Our hospital will continue to be here to support you in all your healthcare needs. COVID-19 has become the main event but we know you have continued needs for your health. All of our services/departments are open and available to you. During your registration process, we will be taking extra measures to screen you for any COVID-19 exposure risks. This is to protect you and our staff. If you have any questions about our services during this time, please call 515-332-4200 and we will gladly assist you.

We appreciate the outpouring of support from this community in your willingness to step in and help in any way possible.

If you or your business would like to make a donation of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), goggles, gifts (food or other) to staff or a monetary donation please contact Mardi Ratzlaff, Foundation Director at 515-332-7626.

We have received multiple inquiries on homemade masks. We appreciate knowing you are there and ready when we need you. Today, we are equipped with enough masks to get us through a short period of time. There may come a time when we need these from you. If you are interested in making homemade masks please call the Humboldt County Public Health office at 515-332-2492. We are currently tracking individuals available to help us should the need arise.

If you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 and develop symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

The greatest support you can offer today is by helping us reduce the spread of COVID-19.

  • Practice social distancing. Be Smart. Stay Apart.
  • 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.
  • 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 mouth with your upper arm or tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

We understand this can be a scary time for you and your family, but we at HCMH are ready to be your partner in this journey.

 Michelle Sleiter, CEO

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Other Resources: 

Center for Disease Control (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/cases-in-us.html

World Health Organization (WHO): https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus

Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH): https://idph.iowa.gov/emerging-health-issues/novel-coronavirus

 

March 20, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

Humboldt County Memorial Hospital COVID-19 Update

There are currently NO known cases of COVID-19 in Humboldt County.

Based on the current COVID-19 situation and recommendations by our expert resources, HCMH will be taking the next step in reducing the spread of COVID-19.

*Effective immediately and until further notice,

HCMH will be restricting all visitors to Springvale Independent Living. *exceptions for essential care will be approved on a case by case basis.

Long Term Care and Assisted Living are continuing to restrict all visitors.

Our Inpatient Care Unit will now be limiting each patient to one designated visitor over the age of 18. This is the only visitor allowed to be with this patient during their stay. Visiting times are not limited to any specific time.

Our Emergency Room, Surgery Department and Pain Center will be limiting each patient to one visitor, over the age of 18, for the duration of their visit.

*Beginning on Monday March 23rd, our surgery department and radiology department will be limiting non-essential services over the next two weeks. These services include routine screening colonoscopies, routine mammograms, bone density imaging, CT lung cancer screening and CT calcium scoring. All other procedures and exams will be evaluated by our physicians and surgeons to determine when a test or procedure is necessary. 

These decisions do not come lightly, and our top priority is the health and safety of all our patients, residents, tenants and staff.

If you have any questions during this time, please reach out to your health care provider or contact the hospital directly at 515-332-4200.

 

March 18, 2020 at 1:05 p.m. 

Family Members and Visitors of Humboldt County Memorial Hospital

Following Gov. Reynolds issuing a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency activating the public health response and recovery aspects of the State Disaster Emergency Plan effective at noon on Tuesday, March 18th. HCMH will not be allowing visitors/families to eat lunch at the hospital. Meals will continue to be served to staff per new guidelines. 

https://idph.iowa.gov/News/ArtMID/646/ArticleID/158309/Gov-Reynolds-issues-a-State-of-Public-Health-Disaster-Emergency?fbclid=IwAR0AkMMMDdodLF0TH7ZfvYIrDpmjGL_NBNMxBbnIfx-rhyIOixHZtikXJ-c#.XnDtrnhhnb4.facebook

March 14, 2020 at 1:05 p.m.

Family Members and Visitors of Humboldt County Memorial Hospital

Following President Trumps declaration, CMS (Medicare) revised their guidance for visitation. 

Effective immediately and until further notice, HCMH will be restricting all visitors and volunteers to Long Term Care and Assisted Living. 

While this may be hard for families and friends who cannot visit their loved ones, our number 1 priority is to keep all our patients, residents and staff safe and healthy. We welcome and will support non-face to face communication methods. 

Our Inpatient Care Unit will have visitor restrictions. This includes limiting visitors to immediate family only and no children under the age of 18. Visiting hours will remain 1:00pm to 7:00pm.

*Exceptions will be made for end of life care.

At this time, we have not limited visiting hours in our Independent Living facility. However, we respectfully ask that you re-evaluate the need for your visit prior to coming. DO NOT visit if you are exhibiting flu like symptoms including but not limited to fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. It may be in the best interest to find alternative methods to communicate with these individuals. 

Genevieve’s will be closed until further notice. 

For those community members using our dietary department for meals, please consider the necessity of this visit to the hospital. 

As of this moment, there are NO known cases of COVID-19 in Humboldt County.

We are actively monitoring this situation with Public Health and the CDC. Please check our website, Facebook page or KHBT for continued updates. 

If you have any questions, please contact the hospital at 515-332-4200.


March 13, 2020 at 6:10 p.m.

Important Humboldt County COVID-19 Public Service Announcement:

Know the facts about COVID-19 and help stop the spread of rumors. 

There are no known cases of COVID-19 in Humboldt County or community spread in Iowa as of Friday March 13th.  

• If you are concerned that you may have or have been exposed to COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider or call the Iowa Department of Public Health call center at 211. 

 • COVID-19 symptoms are generally mild and similar to any common cold or influenza such as sore throat, cough, fever, etc. Monitor your symptoms from home and if your respiratory condition worsens contact your healthcare provider. 

o There is currently no treatment or vaccine available.

• Wearing a mask is not recommended for the healthy general public. Masks need to be saved for sick patients by helping contain the spread of germs. 

• There is no need to stockpile supplies beyond a few days. This includes toilet paper, hand sanitizer, hand soaps, cleaning supplies and water. 
o Municipal tap water is safe.

• Help stop the spread of germs by:
• Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid close contact with people. Do not shake hands or hug.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with the crook of your elbow, not your hands. 
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
• Regularly disinfect doorknobs, tables, desks, cell phones, remotes, handrails and light switches.
• Take advantage of warmer air and open your windows.
• Stay home when you are sick. Humboldt County will thank you.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please call Humboldt Public Health or Humboldt County Memorial Hospital.

March 13th at 11:58 a.m.

Family Members and Visitors of Humboldt County Memorial Hospital

Based on the most recent information shared by CDC and the Iowa Department of Public Health on COVID-19, we have determined it is in the best interest of our residents and patients at Humboldt County Memorial Hospital to implement a health screening on all visitors wishing to come to Inpatient Care, Long Term Care or Assisted Living.

We will also be limiting the hours of visitation to these locations as stated below:

Inpatient Care 1:00pm to 7:00pm
Long Term Care 1:00pm to 7:00pm
Springvale Assisted Living 1:00pm to 5:00pm
*Exceptions will be made for end of life care.

As of this moment, there are NO known cases of COVID-19 in Humboldt County, however the safety of our residents is our number 1 priority. The visiting restriction and screening will occur until further notice.

We kindly ask at this time that you STOP and think if your visit is necessary, and we ask that you DO NOT visit if you are exhibiting flu like symptoms including but not limited to fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
Thank you for understanding.

If you have any questions, please contact the hospital at 515-332-4200.