Local health workers available to answer COVID-19 questions

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People will questions or concerns about COVID-19 or who are experiencing symptoms related to the disease — fever, cough and shortness of breath — can call local healthcare organizations for answers.

Powell Valley Healthcare clinic team members are available 24/7 at 307-754-1242.

“We want to reassure everyone that we are working closely with Public Health and other local, state and regional organizations to protect and care for everyone’s health and safety,” PVHC leaders said Friday.

Cody Regional Health has also developed a COVID-19 Call Center staffed with two registered nurses between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., seven days a week. The Call Center — which took roughly 100 calls on its first day — can be reached at 307-578-2000.

“If someone in the public is feeling ill and would like responses to questions or concerns they can reach out to the Call Center,” CRH leaders said in a release.

Cody Regional Health and Billings Clinic have also collaborated to create a “Viral Screening Unit.”

Located on the west end of the hospital campus, the unit will screen more patients in a streamlined way. With the help of Billings Clinic Providers, the unit is staffed from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., seven days a week. If symptoms dictate, patients will first receive a 16 viral screening panel, to rule out common viral infections such as RSV and Influenza A and B. If deemed appropriate by the provider a COVID-19 screening may be sent for testing. Results of the viral panel — excluding COVID-19 — will be available within 24 hours.

“We encourage everyone to call the COVID-19 Call Center before coming to the Viral Screening Unit,” CRH leaders said.

Meanwhile, health officials continue to advise everyone to practice the following ways to minimize the spread of COVID-19:

• If you are experiencing any symptoms, isolate at home and contact a health care provider with any concerns.

• Practice appropriate self-distancing, staying home when possible and maintaining a 6-foot separation from others when in a group.

• Cover your cough and sneeze at all times.

Practice appropriate hand washing for 20 seconds or more, at all times.

“All of these actions are for the health and safety of patients, visitors and staff and a precautionary step,” CRH leaders said.

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