MVHS prepared for Coronavirus

It something health officials hope never happens, but MVHS is prepared if a case of the Coronavirus does pop up locally.

Posted: Feb 14, 2020 6:45 PM
Updated: Mar 6, 2020 4:15 PM

UTICA, N.Y. --- It something health officials hope never happens, but MVHS is prepared if a case of the Coronavirus does pop up locally.

So far there have been over 60,000 cases worldwide, 15 cases in the United States, and one person is being monitored for symptoms in Oneida County.

MVHS is making sure that their staff is educated on the virus. That includes the symptoms to look out for and how it's spread.

Hospitals have signs posted at each entrances warning patients if they have signs of the flu or the Novel Coronavirus to wear a mask.

MVHS has procedures in place that both protect current patients and staff if someone comes in with symptoms of the virus.

The Director of Infection Prevention at MVHS said that any patient showing those symptoms goes through a screening process. That includes questions on how they are feeling and where they've traveled.

"That person on the other line will ask if you traveled anywhere outside of the U.S. And if the answer to the travel question is confirmed the patient is placed immediately into an airborne isolation room. And then the staff that comes into contact from then on will be wearing personal protective equipment," said Heather Bernard.

The Oneida County health department says the chances of the virus spreading here are slim but are prepared in case a patient does begin showing symptoms. Some of the symptoms for the novel coronavirus are fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

If you or someone you know has those symptoms and has traveled outside of the U.S., you are asked to call your doctor.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1942469

Reported Deaths: 50977
CountyCasesDeaths
Kings2563999824
Queens2561569457
Suffolk1888053289
Nassau1732163085
Bronx1707686325
New York1284834268
Westchester1232032226
Erie781931671
Richmond685931724
Monroe587741024
Orange44911782
Rockland44823931
Onondaga35149658
Dutchess27142428
Albany23149340
Oneida21095497
Niagara17405331
Broome16957347
Saratoga13944158
Ulster12588240
Schenectady12128189
Rensselaer10359135
Putnam993891
Chautauqua8123131
Chemung6979133
Oswego680590
Ontario661191
Steuben6119141
St. Lawrence607494
Sullivan586468
Cayuga574590
Jefferson534563
Wayne505566
Cattaraugus496679
Genesee4945121
Herkimer4836107
Clinton439131
Madison420185
Tompkins398049
Fulton391085
Livingston389058
Columbia376299
Montgomery3749114
Cortland348260
Warren328855
Tioga327058
Wyoming317450
Allegany310782
Otsego306746
Greene303774
Chenango295672
Washington277955
Orleans267383
Lewis239133
Franklin235112
Delaware206935
Seneca182456
Schoharie147815
Essex147626
Yates108326
Schuyler96913
Hamilton2942
Unassigned17396
Out of NY0213
Rome
Clear
74° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 74°
Binghamton
Clear
67° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 67°
Rome
Clear
74° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 74°
Rome
Clear
74° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 74°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve
Looking for work or looking to hire? Check out the WKTV Job Fair!