As of this morning no CMH patient has tested positive for the coronavirus COVID-19. This is a very dynamic situation, however, and as we have seen in other areas of the state and nation, a positive test may occur in the future in our region.
In order to be prepared for any scenario, we are taking a number of specific actions to protect our patients, our staff and the community. Among these steps we have:
- Restricted some visitation. See more here. Scroll down to the visitation section.
- Established a hotline for persons concerned that they may have contracted the virus. If you have a fever, cough and/or shortness of breath, or if you have reason to believe you have been exposed to the coronavirus, please call the hotline at 518-828-8249. A trained staff member will provide guidance concerning testing, care and protective protocols. To best protect you, our patients, our staff and the public, it is very important that you call this number before seeking testing or care for a coronavirus related concern. As always, if there is an emergent need for care of any kind, come directly to the ER without delay.
- Prepared to install a temporary Emergency Room screening facility. To better protect our patients, staff and the public from exposure, we will soon place a mobile unit outside of our ER where we can ask patients screening questions. This will allow us to separate from our general patient population any individuals who may have been exposed.