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.

Confirmed Cases: 491771

Reported Deaths: 33418
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