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Hospital announces end of all non-essential or elective surgeries

Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center announced today the end of all non essential or elective surgeries, following the executive order signed by Gov. Doug Ducey  stating that the order goes into effect immediately beginning  March 21 at 8 a.m.

CVRMC will be contacting all those who are scheduled for elective surgeries. 

This is being done to preserve the Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) that patients, nurses, physicians etc must wear when there is any type of contagious situation. PPEs are in short supply across the nation. Multiple reporting shows the seriousness of this situation. 

If you have, or are being evaluated for COVID-19, please follow instructions by the Gila County Health and Emergency Management  (click here). 

Hospital protocol has been updated to include: 

• If you are ill and have to come to the hospital or clinics for treatment or other services, please protect others by asking for a mask at the front desks.

• If you are displaying severe symptoms of Fever, Cough, Shortness of Breath, please see  “TESTING” for instructions on clinic and ER visit.

TESTING • Due to shortages of supplies, not everyone that wants a test for COVID-19 (Coronavirus) will be tested. These limited supplies will be reserved for severe cases who meet criteria set forth by the Arizona Department of Health Services. Also, state and commercial testing sites are experiencing an overload causing these facilities to bottleneck. This prevents those who are acute cases from receiving the testing and treatment they need. • Please keep in mind the other severe illnesses that hospitals and clinics are testing for and treating such as pneumonia, emphysema, COPD, cardiovascular disease, cancer, etc. and other contagious illnesses and injuries. • A physician must recommend testing and that is why it is so important to follow these instructions: 1. If you are experiencing severe symptoms of:  Fever  Cough  Shortness of breath

• Do not visit loved ones at the hospital if you are sick.

• Please keep visitors to 1 to 2 in all areas of the hospital and or clinics.

• Entrances are restricted to the Emergency Entrance and the Main Entrance.

• If you are ill and have to come to the hospital or clinics for treatment or other services, please protect others by asking for a mask at the front desks.

• Auxiliary (Volunteers) were placed on hiatus on March 12. Temporary greeters will assist patients and families.

The Gift Shop and Salad Bar are both closed. 

If you develop fever or any of the symptoms listed

• Call your healthcare provider right away.

• Before going to your medical appointment, be sure to tell your healthcare provider about your close contact with someone who is confirmed to have or is being evaluated for COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected.

• Ask your healthcare provider to call the Gila County Health Department:

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Monday–Friday 8AM–5PM – call (928) 402-8811 and ask for Communicable Disease; o After 5PM and on weekends – call (928) 701-1610 and ask for the Communicable Disease Specialist.

 

 

 

 

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