WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS?

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses. There are many common human coronaviruses that cause symptoms of the common cold. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused be a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. 

HOW DOES COVID-19 SPREAD?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the COVID-19 virus is spread much like influenza: person-to-person through close contact (within about 6 ft.), via respiratory droplets when someone coughs or sneezes, and to a lesser extent through contact with infected surfaces.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS TO WATCH FOR?

Symptoms may include fever, cough, and shortness of breath 2-14 days after exposure. Symptoms can be mild to severe illness, and result in pneumonia.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COVID-19 SYMPTOMS AND THE FLU?

COVID-19 symptoms can often be confused with influenza. 

FLU

COVID-19

Fever/Chills Fever
Cough Cough
Sore Throat Shortness of Breath
Runny/Stuffy Nose
Muscle/Body Aches
Headaches
Fatigue
Possible Vomiting/Diarrhea

WHAT TO DO: 

To protect yourself and others:

  • Hand hygiene is the most important! Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Alcohol based gels are good if your hands are not visibly soiled.
  • Cover your cough/sneeze! Use a tissue or your sleeve, not your hand.
  • Avoid large crowds. Try to stay 6 feet away from others, especially if you have underlying health conditions.

If you are sick:

  • Stay home if you are ill. This will prevent the spread to others.
  • Wash hands often
  • Disinfect surfaces and high-touch areas around your home.
  • Try to stay 6 feet away from persons in your home, stay in a separate bedroom, if available.
  • Call your doctor for mild symptoms instead of going to the office. If they need to see you, it will alert them of your illness so they can take precautions when you arrive.

WHAT IS GRANVILLE HEALTH SYSTEM DOING TO PREPARE?

  • GHS is staying well-informed and preparing to care for any patients that come to us with symptoms.
  • We are continuing to screen patients arriving to our medical practices, Emergency Departments and Brantwood Nursing & Rehab Center for a history of international travel, recent respiratory illness, and/or contact with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, or under investigation for COVID-19, or are ill with respiratory illness.

GHS has implemented temporary restrictions and visitor limitations for Granville Medical Center:

  • All persons must enter through the main entrance or emergency department entrance and will be screened to determine if they have symptoms of illness and exposure to risks. This screening includes an active temperature check for each visitor.
  • The hospital is also requiring all persons to sanitize their hands when entering the building.
  • Children 12 years of age and younger may not visit hospital patients, even when accompanied by adults. Exceptions will be considered for extraordinary circumstances.
  • Patients being tested or diagnosed with COVID-19 may not have visitors.

Inpatient Medical/Surgical Unit and Intensive Care Unit (ICU):

  • No visitors are allowed in patient rooms.
  • No visitors are allowed in lobby or waiting areas.
  • Pediatric patients may have 1 person visit.
  • Labor & Delivery patients may have 1 person visit.
    • Visitors will be screened prior to entering the facility.

Emergency Department:

  • No visitors are allowed in patient care areas.
  • No visitors are allowed in the lobby or waiting area.
  • Pediatric patients may have 1 person visit.

Outpatient Services (Imaging, Laboratory, and Outpatient Surgery):

  • Patients may have 1 visitor / caregiver.
    • Visitors will be screened prior to entering the facility.

Granville Medical Center may consider exceptions to any visitation procedures and guidelines on a case-by-case basis. In addition, in lieu of visits, the facility encourages alternative means of communication such as virtual communication, including telephone calls and video-communication through personal devices.

GHS has implemented temporary restrictions and visitor limitations for Brantwood Nursing & Rehab Center:

  • Visitation is restricted for all visitors and non-essential health care personnel, except for certain compassionate care situations, such as an end-of-life situation.
  • Visitation restrictions pertain to all resident contact inside the nursing home and on the  Brantwood campus. 
  • Decisions about visitation in compassionate care situations will be made on a case by case basis. No individuals will be allowed into Brantwood except as approved by the Brantwood administrator or her designee. 
  • Visitors that are permitted must wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including but, perhaps not limited to, a face mask while in the building. Visitors that are permitted will also be asked to observe hand hygiene protocols, and restrict their visit to a specific room only such as the resident’s room or other location designated by the facility. 
  • No visitor will be allowed in Brantwood who shows signs of a respiratory infection (fever, cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat).
  • In lieu of visits, the facility will offer alternative means of communication such as virtual communication including telephone calls and video-communication through resident or family-supplied devices. 
  • When approved for compassionate care situations, visitation is limited to the hours of 9:00 am and 8:00 pm. Visitors will be screened before being allowed to visit. 
  • When approved for compassionate care situations, visitation to resident rooms is limited to no more than two people at a time. Exceptions will be considered for extraordinary circumstances. 
  • Children 12 years of age or younger should not visit nursing home residents, even when accompanied by adults. Exceptions will be considered for extraordinary circumstances. 
  • No visitor may enter Brantwood before being screened.  All visitors will be accompanied to the approved visitation location by facility staff.  All visitors will be required to provide their name and contact information. 

GHS has updated its patient and visitor policy for all of its physician practice locations:

  • No visitors will be allowed in Granville Health System physician practices.
  • Patients seeking care at GHS physician practices may be accompanied by 1 caregiver.
  • All persons must sanitize their hands when entering the physician practice.
  • Patients scheduling an appointment or confirming an appointment should expect additional screening questions and may receive additional guidance in preparation for the medical visit.
  • In order to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, patients who are symptomatic may be asked to wear a surgical mask upon entry to the medical practice.
  • All persons entering GHS physician practice will be screened for any symptoms and exposure risk upon arrival and will be restricted from visiting Granville Medical Center unless they are seeking medical care or have an appointment for care. 

LATEST UPDATES FROM GHS ON COVID-19

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STAY UP-TO-DATE ON COVID-19

The status of COVID-19 is changing constantly.  Be sure to check reliable sources for information.

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COVID-19 is impacting the way we live our daily lives.  While there is concern for protecting our physical health, it is imperative that we take steps to care for our mental health as well.  Kerry Hopson, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Granville Primary Care, Butner-Creedmoor, shares the symptoms and warning signs that may indicate worsening mood, and provides examples of an action plan that can help you and your family during this time.

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