Message from Kevin Callahan, President and CEO of Exeter Health Resources
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If you have any questions or would like to donate personal protective equipment or if you have a source for PPE you can call us at 603-580-6668 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org We greatly appreciate your assistance.
Update from the CDC
It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus. CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure. For more information link
CDC - Prevent getting sick/cloth face mask
Important information and updates regarding the Coronavirus 3/23/2020.
If you are experiencing symptoms such as cough, fever or respiratory illness, CALL your primary care provider and they will advise you of next steps. The decision to test will be based on official NHDHHS guidelines. If you do not have a primary care provider, please call 211.
Exeter Hospital has an external testing site on the campus but it is ONLY available by appointment after contacting your primary care provider.
For the safety of our patients and staff Exeter Hospital is no longer allowing patient visitors with the exception of our pediatric, hospice or family center patients. We apologize and recognize the inconvenience to family and loved ones. This is in the interest of our patients safety as well as our community.
- Regretfully, Exeter Hospital cannot accept donations of food for our providers and staff, to ensure their protection and safety. We are profoundly grateful for the offers!
Exeter Hospital, together with its affiliates Core Physicians and Rockingham VNA & Hospice, has proactively established a system wide, clinically led team to prepare for and respond to the potential of a Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the Seacoast. We are working closely with the NH DHHS as well as the CDC and are actively staying in compliance with their recommendations including implementing extensive screening protocols including, but not limited to – establishing screening at entry points to the hospital and its affiliated locations.
In order to protect our patients and staff, we are asking:
- Refrain from coming to the hospital campus UNLESS you have a scheduled appointment, procedure or require emergency care.
- At this time we are not allowing any visitors, exceptions will be made for pediatric patients, end of life and family center patients.
- No visitors with respiratory symptoms, fever or who have traveled outside of the country.
- Cafeteria service is no longer open to the general public. Food service will still be available for patients staff and visitors.
- Valet services have been suspended with the exception of service for those individuals with disabilities.
- We may limit access further in the future to remain consistent with CDC guidelines so please check this page if you are planning to visit the hospital.
- We are continuing to enforce limited access to our buildings (Hospital and off site locations including Core physician practices) and everyone from the general public will be screened to ensure they do not have active symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has.
- Effective today, March 16, 2020 we are dramatically limiting all non-urgent elective surgical procedures, certain pain management procedures and all screening colonoscopies. Our surgeons and specialists are ensuring that all clinically necessary cases are going through. We are contacting each scheduled patient individually.
- Exeter Health Resources has implemented a social distancing policy across all of its sites and we have limited staff travel.
- The hospital and its affiliates are continuing to work with the NH Department of Public Health, the CDC and the NH Hospital Association on coordinating our efforts and ensuring that we have the necessary resources to safely and effectively continue to provide care for the community at large.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- 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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
The most common COVID-19 symptoms appear 2-14 days after exposure:
What should I do if I have these symptoms? Do I need to get tested for coronavirus?
- Shortness of Breath
Call your primary care doctor if you feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. If you have only cold symptoms and a low-grade fever, call your provider. Do not go to the Emergency Department or a walk-in urgent care clinic.
Your doctor will work with the New Hampshire Public Health Department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.
How do people catch COVID-19?
The virus is spread through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Someone who is actively sick with COVID-19 can spread the illness to others. That is why CDC recommends that these patients be isolated at home in most cases or in the hospital (depending on how sick they are) until they are better and no longer pose a risk of infecting others. It is also possible to get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes.
Should I wear a facemask to protect myself when I go out in public?
CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it. A facemask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms. This is to protect others from the risk of getting infected. The use of facemasks also is crucial for healthcare workers.
The best protection is to wash your hands frequently with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Information about COVID-19 is changing daily. For the most up to date information about the virus, the current situation in the US, travel and other updates visit the CDC
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