The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is caused by a virus. It causes a fever, a cough, and shortness of breath. It mainly spreads person-to-person through droplets from coughing and sneezing. The virus also can spread when people are in close contact with someone who is infected. It’s important to not spread the virus to others. By taking action now, we can slow the virus and flatten the curve.
CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.COVID-19 resource page
Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Brown
Dr. John Brown, Gritman Medical Center’s chief medical officer, discusses how Gritman is monitoring and responding to COVID-19.
Q: How is Gritman responding to COVID-19?
A: We are aware of developments with the virus and prepared to handle any suspected cases. Our staff is trained and drilled routinely on procedures to keep the public, our patients and our staff safe.
As your local hospital, we are in close coordination with regional and state public health authorities to monitor the virus and respond quickly and as needed.
This may be an upsetting time for children. They may wonder why people are staying home and why they can’t go to school or play with friends. You can help them understand what’s going on and help them feel safe. Here are some steps and tips for how to talk to children about the COVID-19 outbreak.
Isolation rooms are special hospital rooms that keep patients with certain medical conditions separate from other people while they receive medical care. Patients who are being treated in isolation may be allowed to have visitors. But all visitors and hospital workers who enter the room almost always wear masks, gowns, and gloves to prevent the spread of contagious diseases.
Public health emergencies like COVID-19 can be stressful and cause anxiety. It’s important to take the time to manage your stress so you can stay positive and optimistic—and that’s good for your physical health too. We are here to help you learn more about keeping up your mental health and wellness. When stress hits, you can feel it. You might feel tired or overwhelmed. Stress can cause a pounding headache or even fluttering or pain in your belly. It doesn’t feel good, no matter how you feel it. Finding ways to reduce stress can help you feel better.