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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) - What you need to know

Hawarden Regional Healthcare continues to closely monitor the international situation concerning COVID-19. COVID-19, originally referred to as 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCOV), was recently discovered in Wuhan, China. Cases of COVID-19 are appearing across the globe, and Hawarden Regional Healthcare teams are monitoring the virus to help keep our communities healthy.

Call ahead with COVID-19 (coronavirus) symptoms or exposure before visiting Hawarden Regional Healthcare hospital or clinics. You may be given special instructions.

Symptoms Include:

– Fever higher than 99.4 degrees

– Cough

– Shortness of breath/Difficulty Breathing

Hawarden Clinic: 712.551.3400

Hawarden Hospital/Urgent Care: 712.551.3100

Ireton Clinic: 712.278.1011

Akron Clinic: 712.568.2411

Urgent Care Hours

Monday – Friday – 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Saturday & Sunday – Noon – 5:00pm

Hawarden Clinic Hours

Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday---8:30am-6:00pm

Wednesday and Friday--- 8:30am-5:00pm

Saturday---9:00am-12:00pm

Ireton Clinic Hours

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday---9:00am-1:00pm

Tuesday and Thursday---9:00am-4:00pm

Akron Clinic Hours

Monday - Friday---8:00am-5:00pm

Visitors

Starting March 18 at 6 am Hawarden Regional Healthcare will go to a no visitor policy.  Some exceptions will be made for extenuating circumstances, including:

•Patients who are at the end of life may have two visitors
•Minors under the age of 18 may have one visitor that must be a parent or guardian
•Patients undergoing surgery or procedures may have one visitor, and should leave after the procedure
•Patients who have an appointment at Hawarden Regional Healthcare Clinics, Lab, ER, or Radiology may have one visitor 
•Patients who have altered mental status or developmental delays may have one visitor
•Patients that are discharging, receiving instructions, may have a caregiver present.

Questions or concerns should be directed to Chris Mueller, Director of Patient Care, at 712-551.3130. These measures during the coronavirus outbreak are designed to protect patients, families, and the community. 

Visitor restrictions are temporary and subject to change as necessary. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding!

Connecting Inpatients with Loved Ones 

These are challenging times for our community, including the patients and their loved ones we are honored to care for at Hawarden Regional Healthcare. We are thankful for the understanding and community support our organization has received for our current no visitor policy. This is a coordinated effort with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as local public health authorities to provide the safest possible environment for patients, families, visitors and colleagues.

We are blessed with thoughtful and innovative colleagues who are finding new ways to connect our patients with their family and friends through technology. Here are some of the ways you encourage your patients and their loved ones to stay connected with a loved one at Hawarden Regional Healthcare.

 

- Send an e-greeting through our email- Send your message to kenzi.bultman@mercyhealth.com and we will make your message into a hand-written greeting card delivered to your loved one. We will make every effort to delivery your message promptly but delays may occur during weekends and holidays. 

- Send Flowers- Flowers by Jan in Hawarden, give them a call and they will make up the perfect arrangement for your loved one. 712.551.1686

- Talk on the phone- Every patient room has a phone and their own phone number; they will provide this number when your loved one is checked in.  

- We'll help you video chat with your loved one- We are using the app Zoom; it can be used on computers, phones and tablets. Ask a nurse for more info.

 

If you have questions about these opportunities, or ideas for the future, reach out to Kenzi Bultman at Kenzi.bultman@mercyheallth.com. This is another way we can commit to caring close to home.

 

What are COVID-19 symptoms?
Coronaviruses are respiratory; meaning most people who have a Coronavirus will have a cough, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, and fever.

In 80% of patients, COVID-19 causes only mild cold symptoms that can be treated at home. The elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions appear to be more vulnerable to the virus.

If you begin to experience symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently been in an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19, call your primary care provider before coming in.

How do people get Coronavirus?
COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, similar to the flu – through the air from a cough or sneeze of someone who has the virus.

It may be possible a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object which has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

How can we prevent the spread of COVID-19?
To help prevent the spread of all viruses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends:

o Staying home if you are sick

o Avoiding close contact with people who are sick

o Covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze

o Thoroughly washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing

o If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

o Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth

o Disinfecting surfaces and objects using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe

If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, follow the steps below to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community:

o Call ahead before visiting your doctor

o Stay home except to get medical care

o Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home

o Wear a facemask

o Cover your coughs and sneezes

o Clean your hands often

o Avoid sharing personal household items

o Clean all "high-touch" surfaces everyday

o Monitor your symptoms

At Hawarden Regional Healthcare, we are following guidance provided by the CDC and Iowa Public Health Department to screen patients for symptoms including fever and respiratory signs as well as the patient’s travel history and exposure to those who have traveled.

If a person is found to have symptoms and travel history, Hawarden Regional Healthcare colleagues will isolate the patient and alert the Iowa Department of Public Health to coordinate testing.

If you begin to experience symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently been in an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19, call before coming in. 

Hawarden Clinic: 712.551.3400

Hawarden Hospital/Urgent Care : 712.551.3100

Ireton Clinic: 712.278.1011

Akron Clinic: 712.568.2411

Additional Information
If you have general questions on COVID-19, please dial 2-1-1. For the latest CDC guidelines, visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/.

Additional Resources 

COVID-10 Update

What to do if you are sick with COVID-10 

How to protect yourself

Who is at higher risk? 

 

 

The cash price for the COVID-19 test is $193.00. Patients meeting the qualifications for testing at the state hygenics lab would only be charge the collection fee of $25.00.