Ottumwa Regional Health Center is committed to providing the highest quality care and ensuring the safety of our patients, employees, providers, volunteers and visitors. We are continuing to monitor the evolving situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) and are taking the necessary steps to ensure we are fully prepared to care for patients, in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and in partnership with our local and state health departments.
Below are a number of resources to help educate you and your family on COVID-19.
COVID-19 Online Risk Assessment
To help support the health of our community, we are providing access to an online COVID-19 risk assessment developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This tool does NOT provide a diagnosis, and it should NOT be used as a substitute for an assessment made by a healthcare provider.
Now accepting donations of handmade face masks:
ORHC is graciously accepting donations of handmade face masks. Don’t worry about the mask looking stylish – non-matching fabrics and thread are just fine. Functionality is key – please be sure the mask is well sewn with no frayed edges or missing seams.
In order to make the masks as effective as possible, please consider one of the following patterns/templates with a pouch that allow for an additional filter to be inserted:
COVID-19 Fabric Mask with Filter Pocket (shows pink/blue flamingo fabric mask) https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=S9RWII2-5_4&feature=youtu.be
DIY Face Mask (How to make face mask with filter pocket and adjustable wire) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCJcE-r7kcg
- Recommended fabric for the mask includes tight woven fabric such as cotton and cotton pillowcases. Please wash fabric prior to sewing to prevent shrinkage.
- Polyester or other less breathable fabric will not work as well, due to moisture produced with breathing.
- Filters will be added later when needed.
- Pipe cleaners (chenille stems), bread bag twist ties work well for the adjustable nose bridge.
- 1/8 inch or ¼ inch elastic and beading elastic work well for the ear loops.
Here are additional resources regarding mask usage and construction available from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html
Please drop off masks at the Cancer Center Entrance during normal business hours or contact Michelle Hartzler-Combs via email at MHartzler-Combs@orhc.com to arrange delivery.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc.gov)
- Local/state health department – https://idph.iowa.gov/emerging-health-issues/novel-coronavirus
- Local emergency management association – https://wapellocounty.org/departments/emergencymanagement/
- State hospital association – https://www.ihaonline.org/#/calendarlist/categoryid/5DD0D7B4-3BBD-E411-80D1-005056843B54
- If you develop a cough, fever or other symptoms consistent with a respiratory illness, call your doctor or the public hotline for Iowans with questions about COVID-19. The line is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-244-7431. If you are experiencing shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, call 9-1-1.
Ottumwa Regional Health Center is committed to providing the highest quality care and ensuring the safety of our patients, employees, providers, volunteers and visitors. We are working closely with the Iowa Department of Public Health and following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure our hospital is prepared with the appropriate plans to detect, protect and respond should anyone in our community contract or be exposed to the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
While we have not evaluated or treated any patients with this virus at our hospital to date, Ottumwa Regional Health Center has taken the following measures to prepare out of an abundance of caution, in accordance with CDC guidelines:
- Patients in the Emergency Department and inpatient units are screened based on their recent travel history.
- Personal protective equipment is available, including face masks and eye protection, for example.
- Hand hygiene products are easily accessible throughout the facility.
Importantly, all of the above are standard operating protocols that are in place year-round to help ensure the health and well-being of everyone who enters our hospital.
We want to assure our community that our providers and clinical teams are well-trained and prepared to manage outbreaks of viruses and infectious diseases, including the coronavirus. For more information, contact the Iowa Department of Public Health or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov.