Lauderdale Community Hospital is closely following information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Tennessee Department of Health and Environmental Control, to help keep our patients and families informed about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. LCH has comprehensive infection control policies and procedures in place, and remain committed to keeping our patients, staff and community safe.
What to do if you are sick:
If you are experiencing fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, OR if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing COVID-19 spread please call ahead to a healthcare professional before coming in to seek medical treatment.
If your symptoms are mild, it is likely that you will be able to isolate yourself and treat your symptoms at home. More severe cases could require medical attention. We will help you decide the safest way to seek medical care while limiting the number of people exposed.
How do I protect myself and my family?
For current information about COVID-19 and recommendations for keeping yourself and your family healthy, we recommend these resources:
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Tennessee Department of State Health Services
If you have travel plans, we encourage you to visit the CDC Travel Site
Persons at risk for severe complications from COVID-19
The available data is currently insufficient to confirm risk factors for severe risk, but it is believed that older adults, those with certain chronic conditions, and those with compromised immunity are at the highest risk for severe outcomes if infected with COVID-19.
What you can do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses:
Stay home when you are sick.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating, and after going to the bathroom, blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If washing your hands is not an option, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Do not reuse a tissue.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Be prepared for changes or disruption to normal processes
Our highest priority is to ensure our patients receive the highest quality of care in the safest environment. As this situation evolves, we may have to change some processes or cancel events or services (ex. classes, appointments, events, etc.). We will be sure to keep the public informed as these things occur. Please be sure to check our website frequently for updates.