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Amid flu, COVID-19, St. Charles urging patient, visitor precautions

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Those who are feeling ill urged to wear mask, sanitize hands

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- With flu activity still considered high and the Oregon Health Authority’s announcement of the first presumptive case of COVID-19 coronavirus in Oregon, St. Charles Health System on Saturday asked patients and visitors to take precautions when visiting its hospitals and clinics.

Here's the rest of the full announcement, issued Saturday afternoon:

Individuals experiencing fever, cough or difficulty breathing should put on a mask and sanitize their hands. Those who have traveled outside of the United States within the last 14 days or have been in close contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19 should immediately notify a St. Charles caregiver.    

“To protect our community and to reduce the risk of disease transmission, we’re following CDC-recommended guidelines for preparedness,” said Dawn Azevedo, a St. Charles infection preventionist. “These simple steps go a long way to keep people healthy.”

Individuals who are ill and believe they have been exposed to COVID-19 should call their health care provider in advance of their arrival to help minimize exposure, the health system said.    

Other simple steps for helping preventing the spread of germs include:

  • High-quality and frequent hand washing with soap and water, or use of hand sanitizer
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoiding contact with sick people and staying home if you’re sick
  • Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
  • Frequently cleaning high-touch hard surfaces, such as doorknobs, cell phones and tabletops, with a disinfectant wipe  

In addition to these steps, St. Charles is working daily with local public health departments and other key partners to coordinate preparedness efforts.

Be sure to follow St. Charles Health System on Facebook and Instagram for regularly updated information.    

About St. Charles Health System

St. Charles Health System, Inc., headquartered in Bend, Ore., owns and operates St. Charles Bend, Madras, Prineville and Redmond. It also owns family care clinics in Bend, Madras, Prineville, Redmond and Sisters. St. Charles is a private, not-for-profit Oregon corporation and is the largest employer in Central Oregon with more than 4,200 caregivers. In addition, there are more than 350 active medical staff members and nearly 200 visiting medical staff members who partner with the health system to provide a wide range of care and service to our communities.

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  1. “Amid flu” ???

    Whazzat ? You mean that common influenza is still a bigger concern than CV ??? How is that possible – as KTVZ has been running CV horror stories 24/7 for three days now !

    Could it be that Z21 is playing their part in the political game of finger pointing- running more negative stories against the US President than actual facts about the levels of CV in Central Oregon and the state in general.

    Is this grounds to denounce the irrational politics of KTVZ- I believe it is !

    Shame on you !

    1. If you look at news from other sources and areas, you will see that just about all of them are flooding the news with stories related to the CV. It’s not just Z21.
      It’s really ridiculous because it has done nothing but stir up hysteria and paranoia of a lot of people, and this isn’t the first time this has happened…

        1. I’m sure you are right that there are a lot of people that want to read everything possible about a subject, and that’s fine, but I think when there are numerous stories about the same subject that basically say the same thing, just worded differently, it gets to a point where it becomes counter productive and doesn’t add anything of substance… I guess I look at things differently than a lot of people.
          All I want to know is what the precautions are, and where the cases that have been confirmed are located. Other than that, I don’t worry or obsess about it…
          I think any time that there are so many stories done about a particular subject that it fuels the hysteria and panic that leads to shortages of certain items because people are hording them, it is doing more harm than good.
          It’s just my take on things and it doesn’t mean that others views aren’t valid…

          1. I have seen no novel coronavirus stories that are duplicates. But we do have multiple sources – AP, CNN, NBC etc. Of course they include some of the same info, and advice to folks, that’s to be expected. Factual information is supposed to rise above the noise and inaccuracies and finger-pointing. Or we’re all in deep trouble.

  2. My observations of articles on this site reveal only info that should be made available to the public. Horror stories with some foul political agenda? NOT! Perhaps you should Google news stories about children separated from loved ones, group housed with strangers, filled with fear and anxiety. These actions and knowing they are taken by the government in my name is true horror!

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