The Madison Regional Health System has been working closely with the state Department of Health and following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control in the prevention of the spread of the Coronavirus, or COVID-19. The Health System says the main thing people can do currently regarding the virus is to remain calm and learn preventative measures.
Madison Regional Health is currently seeing cases of the seasonal flu. The Coronavirus has similar symptoms of cough, fever, and shortness of breath. Anyone scheduling an appointment at Madison Regional Health is asked to let the scheduler know their symptoms, and if someone is experiencing respiratory symptoms, they should stop and put a mask on prior to entering the facility.
People can minimize the spread of infections by doing a number of things, including covering their mouth when sneezing or coughing and washing their hands thoroughly and often with soap and water. Health officials encourage people to use alcohol-based hand sanitizers in between washing their hands and when soap and water are not available. People are also encouraged to clean high touch areas including cell phones, computers, light switches, and door knobs. Also, if someone is sick, they should stay home and get plenty of rest.
If the Coronavirus becomes a pandemic, Madison Regional Health has a pandemic plan and works closely with other local and state emergency agencies. People are encouraged to get their information about Coronavirus from credible sources, such as the CDC and the state Department of Health, and not to spread misinformation.