Coronavirus Disease Updates (COVID-19)

RML Specialty Hospital is diligently assessing the rapidly changing COVID-19 pandemic and is committed to keeping you informed. We are following the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) as well as the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).

Please check back regularly for updates prior to presenting to the hospital.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to focus on the safety of your loved ones.

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What do I need to know?

An outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus was first detected in China and has now been detected in other countries, including the U.S. The disease has been named COVID-19. Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath.

The situation with COVID-19 continues to rapidly evolve with more cases being identified in the U.S. and evidence of person-to-person spread. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) maintains this virus is not currently spreading widely in the U.S., it also cautions the potential health threat posed by COVID-19 is high in the U.S. and globally.

 

The CDC has shared this risk assessment:

  • For the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low.
  • People in communities where ongoing community spread with the virus that causes COVID-19 has been reported are at elevated, though still relatively low, risk of exposure.
  • Health care workers caring for patients with COVID-19 are at elevated risk of exposure.
  • Close contacts of people with COVID-19 are at elevated risk of exposure.
  • Travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring are at elevated risk of exposure.

 

What can I do?

According to the CDC, the virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). It is spread through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Prevention tips:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you’re sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue. Throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

 

Helpful information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)