Your health and safety continue to be the top priority for Idaho Falls Community Hospital
We are tracking the latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) developments around the clock alongside the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local government officials. Our team is also taking extra measures to keep our patients, employees and community safe at the hospital.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU FEEL SICK?
It is important to know the symptoms associated with COVID-19. While the virus is spreading across the country, so are many cases of the common cold and flu. If you start to feel unwell, please try not to worry. Determine what symptoms you are experiencing and then call your primary care doctor.
The symptoms for COVID-19 include:
- Dry cough
- Shortness of breath
Your chances of contracting COVID-19 are higher if you’ve recently traveled somewhere with a high number of Coronavirus cases or been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with the virus. Visit the CDC’s website to see the latest list of locations where the virus has been found.
If your symptoms match the list above and you believe you may have come in contact with the virus, Idaho Falls Community Hospital is offering COVID-19 testing at a drive-through clinic away from the hospital. If you are not showing any signs or symptoms for COVID-19, you do not need to be tested. It is important we save the tests for individuals who truly need them.
ONLY INDIVIDUALS SHOWING SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 WILL BE TESTED
If you feel like you might be showing symptoms for COVID-19, call your primary care provider and they can help guide you on what to do next. If your doctor believes you should be screened for the virus, please call 208.528.1132 to review your risk factors with an emergency department nurse and arrange a time for testing. It is important you call us in advance, so we can set up a time for your test. Please note, we will only test appropriate cases.
STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO PROTECT YOUR HEALTH
Right now, the best thing community members can do to stay healthy is continue to practice smart hygiene and limit your exposure to others.
- If you do not feel well, stay home. If you think you may have COVID-19, call your primary care provider.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. Make sure you scrub for at least 20 seconds or the time it takes you to sing Happy Birthday twice. Always turn off the faucet with a clean paper towel. If you can’t get to a sink, use hand sanitizer and thoroughly rub it into your hands.
- As much as you can, try not to touch your face – especially your eyes, nose and mouth.
- If you need to cough or sneeze, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or the inside of your elbow. Do not use your hands.
- Clean surfaces you touch frequently with Clorox wipes or a disinfectant spray. This includes doorknobs, cell phones, desks, kitchen counters and computers.
- The CDC is recommending American’s avoid gatherings of more than 50 people until early May. Additionally, during this time, you may choose to practice social distancing and limit your contact with people outside your household.
- Avoid contact with people are sick.
In addition to our regular updates, here are some reliable sources of information to keep you and your family safe and informed:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Idaho Official Resources for the Novel Coronavirus
Eastern Idaho Public Health
The World Health Organization