Rutland Regional issues Coronavirus Communication
For Public Information and Safety – Updated February 28, 2020
Rutland, VT: The Centers for Disease Control is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus named COVID-19. The outbreak first started in Wuhan, China, but cases have been identified in a growing number of other international locations including South Korea, Italy, Iran, Japan and Hong Kong. It is important that the Rutland community know about this virus and how to protect themselves and each other from contracting it.
Situation in the United States
In the United States, Cases of COVID-19 infection have been detected in individuals who have traveled to affected areas, HOWEVER, there are no confirmed cases in Vermont. While the CDC considers this a very serious public health concern, based on current information, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 to the general American public is very low at this time.
- Fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Also, chills, body aches, sore throat, headache, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting and runny nose. The severity of these symptoms is like those of influenza virus.
- Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or up to 14 after exposure.
- If you have traveled to any of the affected areas or have been exposed to a patient under investigation and develop the above symptoms, please do the following:
- Do not go to work, school, or daycare
- Contact your health care provider
- Contact the Vermont Department of Health at 2-1-1
There is currently no vaccine to prevent the COVID-19 infection. The best way to prevent infection is to follow the CDC travel advisories.
The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- 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.
According to Jody McIntosh, MSN, BS, RN, Infection Preventionist at Rutland Regional, “The health and safety of our patients, staff, and visitors, remains our top priority. We have a multi-disciplinary team monitoring the situation daily; ensuring that we are prepared for the unlikely, but potential arrival of a patient exhibiting signs of novel coronavirus. Our team will be following specific plans and protocols developed by the Vermont Department of Health (VDH) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC). We appreciate everyone’s cooperation and understanding during this time.”
For more information on COVID-19 visit:
The Center for Disease Control
The Vermont Department of Health