March 26, 2020:
Chief Executive Officer, Nick Goshe
We have been hearing a great deal of questions regarding if we have COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in our community or not, and therefore, I would like to address that directly. In Northeast Colorado, several surrounding communities have confirmed COVID-19 cases. As of yesterday, there were a total of eight positive COVID-19 test results for Northeast Colorado (Washington County (1), Yuma County (2), Morgan County (3), and Logan County (2)), and we know that there are several more test results pending. In Sedgwick County, we do not have any confirmed cases, but that does not mean it is not here. At Sedgwick County Health Center, we are taking all necessary precautions and behaving like it is already here. We have a large number of vulnerable community members, and our first priority is to keep them safe.
As scary as that may read, now is the time to stay calm, continue practicing social distancing and take measures to avoid getting sick. It is up to each of us to protect our most vulnerable populations by not giving this virus a chance to spread. If you believe you have been exposed, it is still recommended that you self-quarantine for 14 days. If you develop any of the cold or flu-like symptoms, you should continue to self-isolate and contact your primary care provider through our triage system. You can call us on our nurse triage hotline Monday through Friday at 970-463-6236 from 8am until 5pm and 970-474-3323 after hours and on weekends, and the nurses will triage you. Our nurses are in constant communication with our providers so they can make the appropriate recommendations. We also understand that there may be some fear and confusion around COVID-19 because it is a new virus. However, we want to remind everyone that we are communicating with the state health department and CDC on a daily basis and will continue to follow their guidelines. You can help slow the spread of COVID-19, influenza and other viruses by:
• Staying home if you’re sick; keeping your children home if they are sick.
• Avoiding gatherings this includes playgrounds.
• Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Avoiding close contact with anyone who has cold or flu-like symptoms.
• Practicing good hygiene. Thoroughly and frequently wash your hands with soap and water; in the absence of soap and water, use hand-sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
• Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.
• Increasing distance between people to six feet.
• Avoiding unnecessary travel.
• Observing the state public health order to stay at home.
Information about COVID-19 is constantly changing, and our response will adjust as we learn more about this virus. For now, please follow these recommendations, and we will update as we learn more.
Nick Goshe, CEO
Sedgwick County Health Center