La Casa Family Health Center encourages those who are feeling sick to call a health center near you before walking in. Please be safe, wash your hands, and refrain from touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

La Casa Family Health Center is taking precautions to safeguard patients, visitors and staff against COVID-19, known as Coronavirus-19.

Officials have announced presumptive positive COVID-19 cases in New Mexico, the first confirmed cases n the state March 11, 2020. It is important for La Casa Family Health Center to plan and prepare.

Symptoms of the COVID-19 disease are mild to severe respiratory illness, fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

To help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID-19: Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue then throw the tissue in the trash. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, going to the bathroom, and before eating or preparing food.

It’s important to stay home when you are sick and cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and make sure to dispose of it in the trash. As per guidelines from the CDC:

A shortage of masks has been reported nationwide and La Casa is affected by this mask shortage as well. However, we have initiated strategies shortly after the virus entered the U.S. La Casa Staff issue masks to patients who present with respiratory illness symptoms and/or fever immediately. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not currently recommend the general public use facemasks. Instead CDC recommends everyday preventative actions.

 

“The best defense for healthcare workers to protect themselves and the community against the rapid evolving illness:

  • Assess and triage these patients with acute respiratory symptoms and risk factors for COVID-19 to minimize chances of exposure, including placing a facemask on the patient and placing them in an examination room with the door closed.
  • Use Standard and Transmission-Based Precautions when caring for patients with confirmed or possible COVID-19.
  • Perform hand hygiene with alcohol-based hand rub (containing at least 60% alcohol) or wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after all patient contact, contact with potentially infectious material, and before putting on and upon removal of PPE, including gloves. Use soap and water if hands are visibly soiled.
  • Practice how to properly dawn and doff PPE to prevent self-contamination.

 

The State Department of Health is in the lead managing this situation. Refer to https://nmhealth.org/ and click on red tab “Coronavirus Update” for current and official information.

MOST IMPORTANT

DOH Coronavirus Hotline

855-600-3453

  • If anyone has symptoms or suspects they might be infected, DO NOT GET IN THEIR CAR AND GO TO THEIR DOCTOR’S OFFICE OR HOSPITAL. They should call the Hotline directly to receive instructions. Statewide drive thru testing is being set up.
  • If an individual is very sick and needs to go to the hospital, they should CALL 911 for information about what to do.