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Keep Others Safe. Stay Home.

By Dr. Michele Dikkers, Physician at Cornerstone Family Practice and GMHC, Chair of Clayton County Board of Health

The Covid 19 pandemic is bound to impact all of us at some point. 

My sister and her two daughters have been fighting it for 2 weeks, with muscle/body aches and pains, chills, headaches and shortness of breath. They describe breathing as painful, relieved only by humidification.  They are fatigued, saying that even taking a shower is taxing.  My sister is 47, tall, thin, healthy and works out daily.  She is on day 14 and continues to have fevers intermittently of 101.  Her daughters are college and high school age and started recovering on day 8, but continue with fatigue and cough.  They live in Iowa.  

They are fortunate to be among the 80% that will become ill and won’t need to be hospitalized.  

The other 20% of those that become ill WILL need to be hospitalized. To understand how many people will be impacted, look at the temporary hospitals that are being put up in New York and other places around the country, tents in Central Park, ships in ports, arena’s and gyms, all there to take care of the 20% that will have severe symptoms.

PLEASE STAY HOME.  

The goal of social distancing is to slow the rate of spread.  We know that the illness is going to sweep through our communities.  The hope is to slow it down – so we have enough hospital beds, supplies and medical staff to care for the 20% when needed.  

We know people of our community will become ill. The statistics also tell us that if 5 people in a community died of influenza this year, approximately 10 times that, or 50 people, will die of Covid 19 in a community.

 

Slowing the spread is the responsibility of all of us.  It means isolating ourselves to homes, to our communities.  The less you venture out, the less you bring the virus into your home and into your community, and the less likely you are to spread the virus to your family, friends and neighbors.  

 

It is time to take care of ourselves and each other by staying home. We must in order to get through this.  

It will be a trying time, but we can do it! We can do it together!

If you have any questions, please contact your health care provider.

GMHC Opens “Ill” Care Clinic

GMHC Opens “Ill” Care Clinic

Clayton County COVID-19 Updates

Clayton County COVID-19 Update

GMHC Starts Well Care Clinics

Starting March 23, 2020 the Garnavillo and Edgewood Cornerstone Family Practice clinics will be opened regularly scheduled hours for Well Care visits ONLY.

What does this mean? Only healthy patients will be allowed to enter, including patients for medication refills, well child exams and immunizations, physicals and routine lab draws.

If you have an appointment scheduled at one of our three clinics (Guttenberg, Edgewood or Garnavillo) you will be contacted by our office for a screening.

You will be offered these options:

• Keep your scheduled appointment

• Reschedule to a later date

• Reschedule to the Well Care Clinic in either Garnavillo or Edgewood

We are evaluating our clinic access on a daily basis to meet our patient’s needs. As information changes rapidly, please see our GMHC Facebook page for updates.

NO VISITORS

In response to the current COVID-19 public health crisis, and out of an abundance of caution, the hospital is NOT allowing visitors at this time. Access to GMHC will be limited to outpatients and clinic patients (with one caregiver if needed) AND limited to our two main entrances: the main entrance of the hospital and the main entrance of Cornerstone Family Practice in Guttenberg. All who enter will asked screening questions. 

SPECIALTY CLINICS SUSPENDED

In addition, all specialty clinics will be suspended through the end of April. 

Thank you for helping us protect our patients and colleagues. 

As information changes rapidly, please see our GMHC Facebook page for further updates.

COVID-19: GMHC Urges Patients to Call First

Guttenberg Municipal Hospital & Clinics is requesting all patients who are experiencing respiratory symptoms of COVID-19 to call their primary care provider first before coming to the Guttenberg, Garnavillo, or Edgewood Cornerstone Family Practice clinics, main hospital or emergency department. 

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. 

GMHC leaders continue to work closely with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Center for Disease and Prevention (CDC) and have developed a specific response plan for both the hospital and Cornerstone Family Practice clinics. 

“We urge all patients who are symptomatic and may have been exposed, to call their primary care provider first. The provider will determine next steps,” said CEO Tim Ahlers. “Of course, in an emergency, please call 9-1-1.” 

GMHC Events Canceled 

To ensure GMHC does not contribute to additional risk of exposure to the virus for the colleagues, physicians, patients and the communities it serves, effective immediately, GMHC will not participate in or hold external community events. This includes events within any of our facilities or within the community.

This action follows CDC guidelines to limit gatherings which could unintentionally put colleagues, patients and our community members at risk. These guidelines are in effect until at least April 15 and will be reassessed at that time. 

Prevention Measures

The most important thing for residents to do is to continue the prevention measures they would use for any respiratory virus. 

• Avoid close contact to people who are sick. 

• 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. 

For the most current information about the novel coronavirus, visit IDPH or CDC.

 

GMHC Events Canceled

 To ensure GMHC does not contribute to additional risk of exposure to the virus for our colleagues, physicians, patients and the communities we serve, effective immediately, GMHC will not participate in or hold external community events. This includes events within any of our facilities or within the community. 

This action follows CDC guidelines to limit gatherings which could unintentionally put colleagues, patients and our community members at risk. These guidelines are in effect until at least April 15 and will be reassessed at that time. 

The most important thing for residents to do is to continue the prevention measures they would use for any respiratory virus. 

• Avoid close contact to people who are sick. 

• 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. 

For the most current information about the novel coronavirus, visit IDPH.