MDMH issues update on COVID-19
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MDMH issues update on COVID-19

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Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital Incident Command Team update, as of March 16, on changes due to COVID-19.

Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital’s Incident Management Team is frequently meeting to ensure the safety of our staff, patients and community. Per the CDC, currently, there are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent COVID-19.

Therefore, we are working diligently to ensure the following: every patient receives the appropriate level of medical care; we are protecting our staff and non-COVID-19 patients from the virus; we are prepared for a potential surge in patients with respiratory infection and we have adequate personal protective equipment and staff based on demand.

Also, we are performing enhanced environmental cleaning throughout the hospital. Patient waiting areas have designated locations for patients with respiratory symptoms, so they are not waiting amongst other patients seeking care. Communications are regularly occurring to ensure the hospital staff, as well as the community is well informed about COVID-19 and how our facility is responding to community needs.

The hospital has enacted temporary visitor restriction to help reduce the potential exposure and transmission of COVID-19, visit mdmh.org or MDMH Facebook for details. At this time, all services remain open and will continue to see patients as scheduled.

On Tuesday, March 17, the hospital is limiting the number of entrances into the main facility. Patients and visitors will come through one of the following openings; hospital main entrance, Bitterroot Physicians Clinic, or the emergency department. Rehabilitation, sleep, surgery, and Rocky Mountain Neurosurgery patients can access these services through their respective main entrances during regular business hours and staff will ask you to mask if you are symptomatic.

At the main hospital entrance, emergency department, and the Bitterroot Physician Clinic, you will be greeted by a member of our patient access team. They will ask you the following questions to evaluate for the risk of COVID-19 and to wear a mask if appropriate:

1. Have you experienced signs or symptoms of respiratory infection in the two weeks, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat?

2. Have you come in contact or traveled to any confirmed COVID-19 area?

Currently, we have been receiving numerous calls from community members who are otherwise healthy but who have mild "flu-like" symptoms, seeking reassurance concerning their health and asking about COV-19 testing. Please review the CDC guidelines for COVID-19 testing. MDMH follows these guidelines. If you have any further questions, please see the resources below. At this time, the number of calls to the hospital and its emergency department is distracting from patient care.

COVID-19 Resources: websites: cdc.gov: for signs and symptoms and dphhs.mt.gov for testing; phone numbers: DPHHS: 24/7 hotline 406-444-0273 and Ravalli County Public Health: 406-375-6672.

For hospital information, COVID-19 updates visit MDMH.org or the MDMH Facebook page.

Controlling the spread of COVID-19 is a community effort. Please do your part by practicing social distancing, covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective, avoid close contact with sick people and stay home when sick.

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