Guttenberg Municipal Hospital & Clinics leaders are working closely with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) to prepare for the potential spread of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19.
Leaders are participating in webinars, holding internal planning sessions, and working with regional partners to develop specific response plans for both the hospital and Cornerstone Family Practice clinics. If a patient presents who is symptomatic and may have been exposed, our staff will be prepared, working directly with the IDPH in patient screening processes and patient assessment.
“In a time of uncertainty, social media becomes a platform for rumors and misinformation,” said CEO Tim Ahlers. “As we prepare, GMHC relies on trusted sources of information like the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and IDPH and we encourage the public to do the same.”
IDPH updates its COVID-19 website every Monday, Wednesday and Friday with current data on Iowans being monitored or tested for the virus, and what the test results are. The website is also updated immediately with new information as necessary.
Right now, the most important thing for residents to do is to continue the prevention measures they would use for any respiratory virus.
• Clean your hands frequently with soap and water, keeping your hands away from your face.
• Cover coughs and sneezes with your elbow or upper arm.
• Contain germs by staying home when ill.
• CDC and IDPH do not recommend face masks for the general public who are well.
Symptoms of COVID-19 in people who have been exposed can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. These symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
For more information about the novel coronavirus, visit https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus.