What Central Utah Residents Need to Know about Coronavirus

 

Gunnison Valley Hospital wants central Utahans to be informed about the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and steps they can take to stay healthy.

We’re committed to keeping our community healthy. For months we’ve been working closely with the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) and Central Utah Public Health Department (CUPHD) to share information, monitor the status of the disease, and manage the spread of the virus in Utah. Follow our Facebook page for up-to-date information about the hospital’s readiness.

Below are some frequently asked questions and answers about the disease:

What is Gunnison Valley Hospital doing to prepare for COVID-19?

We have developed plans, coordinated with other rural hospitals as well as the UDOH/CUPHD, trained our staff, reviewed supplies and inventory, etc. We continue to meet regularly to review the latest developments. We have processes in place for screening, monitoring, and treating patients if necessary.

What should I do if I think I might have been exposed to COVID-19?

Call your primary care physician or the hospital from home – do NOT go to the hospital or clinic without calling first. Gunnison Valley Hospital is equipped to test suspected cases and will send those test results to a lab (UDOH, ARUP, etc.) for evaluation. You can reach the hospital at our general number (435) 528-7246.

What steps can help prevent the spread of COVID-19?

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wear a mask when in public.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Infected people have had a wide range of symptoms reported – from mild symptoms to severe illness.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

Call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Who is at risk for contracting COVID-19?

Risk of infection with COVID-19 is higher for people who are close contacts of someone known to have COVID-19, however, everyone is at risk of getting COVID.

Older people and people of all ages with severe underlying health conditions — like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, for example — seem to be at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness.

You can find up-to-date information about COVID-19 at the following websites:

We are committed to keeping our community informed and healthy.  Because to us, you are not just a number.