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COVID-19 Information


What is COVID-19 ("Coronavirus")?

2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease spreading globally and now in the United States. The outbreak in the U.S. is an evolving situation and while the immediate risk to the general public is low, it's important to prepare for the potential spread of the virus and take precautionary measures to ensure you and your family stay well.

How COVID-19 Spreads

Person-to-person Spread
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Can someone spread the virus without being sick?
People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that 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.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:
Fever
Cough
Shortness of breath

When to Seek Medical Care?

Some of the most common symptoms of coronavirus are many of the same symptoms of the common cold or flu - fever, cough and shortness of breath. So, it could be difficult to determine at what point to seek medical care. As concern around the outbreak grows, review these recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention if you suspect you may be infected:

Monitor your symptoms. Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g. difficulty breathing). BEFORE seeking care, call your healthcare provider and tell them that you have, or are being evaluated for COVID-19. Put on a facemask before you enter the facility (your doctor's office may be able to provide one to you). These steps will help the health care provider's office to keep other people in the office or waiting room from getting infected or exposed. Ask your healthcare provider to call the local or state health department. Persons who are placed under active monitoring or facilitated self-monitoring should follow instructions provided by their local health department or occupational health professionals, as appropriate.
Calling 911. If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that you have, or are being evaluated for COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before emergency medical services arrive.

How can COVID-19 spread be prevented?

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. We recommend following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for prevention:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Follow CDC recommendations for using a facemask.
The CDC does now recommends that people wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
Wash your hands often 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.
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. For information about proper hand washing, see the CDC's Hand Washing website.

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC also offers specific guidance for travelers.

What is TLRMC doing for the health and wellness of the community?

Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center has been holding preparation meetings regarding COVID-19 and has procedures in place should a possible coronavirus case come into the hospital.

Possible cases are screened by the Kentucky Department for Public Health and will be tested for COVID-19 if they meet specific criteria. Anyone suspected to have the virus will be immediately placed in an isolated negative-pressure room to reduce the chance of spread.

What is the cost for COVID-19 testing?

COVID-19 test: $153.00
COVID-19 antibody test: $275.00