Mitchell County Health Department, Beloit Medical Center, and the Mitchell County Hospital Health Systems
March 18th, 2020
Dear Mitchell County Residents,
We realize there have been multiple and changing communications about the Coronavirus from federal, state, and local authorities and experts. One reason is that the situation has changed over time and our understanding continues to grow.
Our current situation in the Mitchell County area remains this: there have been no identified cases yet in our county, so our goal is preventing and limiting exposure to our population. In more urban areas, such as Kansas City, it is thought to be much more wide-spread than has yet been reported due to limited testing ability, among other factors.
What does this mean for Mitchell County? The concerns of the Mitchell County Health Department, Beloit Medical Center, and the Mitchell County Hospital Health Systems is this: We need your help in preventing and limiting exposure in our communities.
If you develop respiratory symptoms (i.e. cough, fever, shortness of breath)
Please begin by staying at home away from others in the public in order to prevent spreading infection.
Tylenol (acetaminophen) is the preferred medication for fever rather than ibuprofen.
Over-the-counter cough syrup is satisfactory for cough symptoms.
Keep well hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
If your symptoms worsen, please call your physician, Beloit Medical Center or MCHHS Emergency Department prior to coming to either facility for direction on how best to proceed.
Most cases can be treated at home with periodic follow-up by phone. Whether it is influenza, COVID-19, or mild bacterial bronchitis the treatment will be the same.
After discussion by phone, the physician will help direct you to the most appropriate place to be seen if evaluation is necessary. These actions will allow for the most efficient usage of our currently limited health care resources.
Social distancing for everyone means don’t travel! Don’t congregate in local venues. Don’t shop in family groups where multiple members may be exposed or expose others. For example, only send one member of your family to the grocery store. Don’t engage in unnecessary commercial transactions or recreational activities if you can’t maintain a degree of social distancing, meaning a group of 10 people or fewer and maintaining separation of 6 feet apart.
This current environment is unprecedented and will have economic and social impact for an unknown length of time, but we think it will help keep our community and the most vulnerable residents safe.
We are working together to safely and efficiently address your health care needs. Thank you for your participation in keep yourselves, your families and your communities safe and healthy.
Public Health & NC Kansas Home Health Agency Cortney Murrow, Administrator