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CoxHealth COVID-19 Updates

Data from our Dashboard – COVID-19 testing 

We wanted to communicate some data from our dashboard worth sharing (as of 4/6/2020):

1)      We have had 52 positive tests in our system (4.57% positive).

2)      We have tested 1191, with 54 results pending.

3)      Average days to result is 1.88.

4)      We currently have 8 positive and 12 inpatients pending results (this has been stable for several days).

Employees Return to Work Status – COVID-19 suspicion or illness

We’ve had several patients present to our Emergency Room and Urgent Care facilities with NO symptoms of illness (but upon returning from travel) requesting to be tested for COVID-19, or asking how long they need to be quarantined before returning to work.  We are hopeful we can provide you with some additional guidance on how to direct these individuals to the appropriate level of care.

  1. If you have employees that are asymptomatic (without symptoms of illness), but need a work note indicating whether they can/cannot return to work due to possible exposure or recent travel, please direct those individuals to contact their Primary Care Physician.  If they do not have a Primary Care Physician, please direct them to call CoxHealth INFO line at 269-INFO.  Our INFO line team will assist them in obtaining an appointment with a physician.
  2. If you have employees that are symptomatic (have symptoms of illness) or have had symptoms and are better (but need to have a visit before returning to work), please direct those individuals to use CoxHealth Virtual Visits.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Masking Recommendations

The CDC continues to recommend individuals maintain 6-foot social distancing to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  In addition, the CDC is now 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. The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators, as those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

Responding to these new recommendations, effective immediately all frontline health care workers at CoxHealth will be wearing masks.  In addition, CoxHealth employees who do not work in direct patient care areas will be allowed to wear homemade masks.  The new masking policy at CoxHealth is being employed to equally protect our employees and our patients.

CoxHealth Foundation – Mask Donations

CoxHealth is accepting homemade masks and we need them now!   Please find the pattern at www.coxhealthfoundation.com under the COVID information on the home page.  We prefer the cotton material, but do not worry about the bendable piece described in the pattern.  We also appreciate some made LARGER than the pattern as some people do need a larger size.   If your business or organization has extras, we appreciate your consideration of a donation to CoxHealth!  The CoxHealth Foundation is collecting mask donations Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.  CoxHealth Foundation is located in the Medical South Building next to the Cox Surgery Center on Walnut Lawn Street (corner of National and Walnut Lawn).  Call us at 417-269-7150 and we will come curbside and collect them!

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