CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION

3-25-20 – Update

Impact Sports & Fitness will be closed until further notice effective 12:01 a.m., March 25th due to the county orders.

3-23-20 – Update

This is important and helpful information (five graphics at right) released by KDHE regarding what to do if you are quarantined and have symptoms of COVID-19. Stopping the spread at home and in communities is important, and we all need to know what to do in this situation.

3-20-20 – Update

> 10:00 a.m.

  • Memorial Health System is now screening everyone who enters the building. (screening tool shown at right)
  • Heartland Health Care Clinic is temporarily suspending the walk-in clinic.
    • HHCC providers will see patients in person or via telemedicine – in order to schedule an appointment, patients must call in advance (785) 263-4131.
      • All patients that call in with respiratory complaints, cold symptoms, cough and/or fever, will be phone triaged by clinic nurses prior to an appointment being made
    • A nurse from HHCC will contact patients via phone for triage, to determine the type of visit (in person vs. telemedicine) that is necessary. We are optimistic that telemedicine visits should be ready to go by early next week
    • Patients who are suspected to be COVID-19 patients are being advised to treat their symptoms at home. Treatment instructions will be provided to these patients. (Treatment instructions shown at right)
      • We will not be doing “in-person’ suspected COVID-19 visits in the clinic
      • If a person is suspected to have COVID-19, they will be advised to stay at home at treat symptomatically.  If condition worsens, or they have trouble breathing, etc. they will be advised to come to the Emergency Room or call 911.  Only those patients critical enough for the ED, and that meet criteria, will be tested for COVID-19.
    • Patients who are ill (not suspected COVID-19), and need to be seen in person, will be scheduled in the morning between 7:15 a.m. and 11 a.m.
    • The clinic will be thoroughly cleaned mid-day
    • Patients who are well, and need to be seen in person, will be scheduled in the afternoon between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
    • HHCC waiting room will still be divided into “well” and “not well” sections.
  • The tent set up near the Emergency Department is not being utilized at this time. It has been set up as part of the disaster preparedness protocol. MHS would like to thank Dickinson County for working in cooperation with us during this time.
  • Specialty Clinics: we are leaving that up those individual providers to decide if they want to hold clinic here at this time
  • All elective (non-emergent) surgical procedures, including epidural steroid injections, are being postponed for at least two weeks.
  • Waiting areas are arranged to keep people 6 ft. apart
  • The Pain Clinic will be calling their scheduled patients to pre-screen for risk factors, and reschedule if indicated.

3-17-20 – Update

> 1:45 p.m.

In order to comply with the Governor’s order, Impact Sports and Fitness will not allow more than 50 inside of the gym at once. Thank you for your cooperation. Below is the order issued by the governor’s office:

Governor Kelly announced Executive Order #20-04 and Executive Order #20-05 to keep Kansans safe and healthy, ensuring all families are protected during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In light of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance released on Sunday, March 15, 2020, Governor Kelly’s latest Executive Order follows the CDC’s recommendation to limit group gatherings to no more than 50 individuals in a single area.

“This is a difficult but essential step to further encourage social distancing and stem the spread of COVID-19,” Kelly said. “We must flatten the curve and hinder the spread of this disease. I urge all businesses, restaurants, bars, entertainment and recreational facilities to exercise responsible judgment and follow these guidelines.”

Kelly remains in close consultation with the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, the Kansas Restaurant and Hospitality Association, the National Federation of Independent Business Owners and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism as events unfold.

“While public health and safety must always come first, COVID-19 will undoubtedly have a devastating economic impact on Kansas small business owners and workers,” Kelly said. “I am actively engaged with the business community to identify how the state can best support Kansas businesses and their employees as we navigate this unprecedented challenge together.”

In addition, Governor Kelly asked the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) to suspend utility disconnects until April 15. This directive covers all electrical, natural gas, water and telecommunications utilities under the KCC’s jurisdiction. Kelly announced a second Executive Order, (E.O. #20-05) regarding utility disconnects advising the same directive for the utility companies not under the jurisdiction of the KCC.

“It’s imperative we provide relief to our most vulnerable Kansans during these unprecedented times,” Kelly said.

Kelly emphasized that certain populations are more vulnerable to COVID-19 than others, and it is imperative that all Kansans play a part in keeping communities safe.

“While all of these measures represent a dramatic change from what we’re accustomed to, I know Kansans will rise to the challenge,” Kelly said.

> 9:00 a.m.

MHS has tested two people for COVID-19; and both were negative. If someone feels sick, we are advising them to treat their symptoms. If they have traveled to a high risk area and are at risk for complications of COVID-19, we recommend calling their primary care doctor, for further advice, regarding if they need tested. If they have traveled to one of the high risk areas, and have symptoms that have worsened enough to feel they need seen by a provider, we recommend coming to the ED or calling 911, if it is an emergency (trouble breathing, blue lips). We are following an algorithm for testing, and cannot test just because the patient wants to know if they have it or not, or even because the doctor wants to. We have to get approval from KDHE because of limited testing supplies.

Impact Sports and Fitness, and all Memorial Health System affiliates are following the guidelines from KDHE. Please do not enter Impact if you have traveled (as of March 15, 2020) to the following states or counties listed below:
States – New York, California, Washington State, Counties in Colorado – Gunnison, Eagle, Pitman, and Summit.

If you have been to one of these places, please self quarantine at your home for at least 14 days.

Also, if you have traveled on a cruise ship or internationally on or after March 15th, you should also be self quarantined at home for at least 14 days.

We are doing everything we can to sanitize the gym equipment, and we are recommending that members also take precautions by sanitizing equipment before and after use. Below is an excellent article explaining the Coronavirus and how it is transmitted.

Thank you for your patience and for helping us to keep our community healthy.
Staying Safe at the Gym During Coronavirus Outbreak.


3-16-20 – Update

Here are some of the things happening at MHS to help keep our staff and community healthy:

  1. Heartland Health Care Clinic (HHCC) is currently working to reschedule office visits for follow-up appointments for those who have chronic illnesses and are over the age of 65.
  2. HHCC is currently rescheduling appointments for Medicare Annual Wellness visits.
  3. Patients who feel they are at high risk and do not feel comfortable coming to the hospital or clinic, are welcome to cancel and reschedule any routine appointments. BEFORE – you just call and cancel, we highly recommend you contact your provider to make sure it is okay to reschedule.
  4. Contact your primary health care provider if you are concerned about your own health or have questions about being quarantined. You may also look to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment website as it has specific information about the Coronavirus and is updated regularly. http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm

The CDC also has a website specific to the Coronavirus – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

3-16-20

https://khap2.kdhe.state.ks.us/NewsRelease/PDFs/3-15-20%20Quarantine%20recommendations%20FINAL.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1QM_f9YAi0l9uwrKiNk5CCEGeqFCgeBlOr-AC4e5OyosCqGvCx0KFXYrc

3-13-20 – Evening Update

As of 5:45 tonight Village Manor will be on lock down. No one will be allowed to come into the facility unless it directly medically related. We are in the process of notifying families at this time. Please know that we are doing the best we can to keep our residents and staff healthy. We do NOT have a known case of the Coronavirus. This is a necessary precaution we are taking for the time being. Please call if you have any questions or concerns. Village Manor’s phone number is 785-263-1431.

3-13-20 – Update

No known cases in Dickinson County at this time – Precautions are in place.

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Memorial Health System (MHS), in Abilene, is taking precautions to protect patients, staff, and the community. While there are currently no known cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dickinson County, MHS is working closely with state and local entities to ensure preparedness.

MHS officials are announcing new visitor restrictions, and are closely monitoring the situation, and will implement further measures as necessary.

Memorial Health System locations are implementing the following measures to limit potential exposure to staff, visitors, and patients:

HOSPITAL VISITOR RESTRICTIONS:

Memorial Hospital’s Inpatient Unit, Birthing Center, and Emergency Department patients will be limited to 1 healthy visitor.

HEARTLAND HEALTH CARE CLINIC:

PATIENTS ARE BEING ASKED TO COME TO THEIR APPOINTMENT ALONE, OR WITH ONLY ONE OTHER PERSON IF NECESSARY.

VILLAGE MANOR:

Screening all visitors before visit occurs. Discouraging visits from people who are not immediate family or caregivers.

FRONTIER ESTATES:

Allowing needed community services such as home health, pharmacy and grocery deliveries. Restricting visitors to one family member. Not allowing group gatherings.

IMPACT SPORTS & FITNESS:

Impact Sports and Fitness, and all Memorial Health System affiliates are following the guidelines from KDHE. Please do not enter Impact if you have traveled (as of March 15, 2020) to the following states or counties listed below:
States – New York, California, Washington State, Counties in Colorado – Gunnison, Eagle, Pitman, and Summit.

If you have been to one of these places, please self quarantine at your home for at least 14 days.

Also, if you have traveled on a cruise ship or internationally on or after March 15th, you should also be self quarantined at home for at least 14 days.

We are doing everything we can to sanitize the gym equipment, and we are recommending that members also take precautions by sanitizing equipment before and after use. Below is an excellent article explaining the Coronavirus and how it is transmitted.

Thank you for your patience and for helping us to keep our community healthy.
Staying Safe at the Gym During Coronavirus Outbreak.


SCREENING & TREATMENT PRECAUTIONS

Everyone arriving at MHS locations are being screened for possible COVID-19 infection. People will be asked if they:

  • Have a fever.
  • Have a cough or shortness of breath and have traveled within the state, outside of the state, or outside the US in the past 14 days.
  • Have had direct contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

MHS staff will follow Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) procedures for assessment. If COVID-19 testing is warranted, and approved by KDHE, MHS does have the ability to collect specimens to send them to the state lab for analysis.

WHEN TO SEEK EMERGENCY MEDICAL ATTENTION

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs and symptoms include*:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in your chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

BUSINESS AND EMPLOYEE TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS IMPLEMENTED

In order to provide care for the community, we need our employees to remain healthy. Therefore:

  • All non-essential work-related travel has been suspended including educational conferences and vendor meetings.
  • All employees are strongly encouraged to postpone any planned travel to COVID-19 affected areas following Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines on travel recommendations.
  • All employees are instructed to stay home when ill, especially if they are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness.

CONTINUED WELLNESS

Working to slow the spread of COVID-19 is a top priority, and EVERYONE can play a role in taking preventive actions as part of their everyday lives. This will ultimately save lives and allow the health care system to care for those who do become ill:

  • Wash your hands often using soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Do your best to avoid touching your face (eyes, nose, and mouth).
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

• Follow additional guidance set by the KDHE and CDC.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

PRINTABLE RESOURCES

Family Action Plan (printable .pdf)
If You Are Sick With COVID-19 (printable .pdf)
Reduce the Spread (printable .pdf)