The first coronavirus COVID-19 case has been reported in Santa Clarita, officials said Friday.
Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital received the first result indicating a patient tested positive for coronavirus COVID-19, according to Patrick Moody, spokesperson for the hospital.
“We had a positive COVID-19 test come back,” said Moody. “We don’t have a COVID-19 patient at the hospital.”
In cases of coronavirus, if the symptoms do not require hospitalization, the patient is asked to self-quarantine at home, according to Moody.
Henry Mayo has procedures in place to screen patients and visitors who show signs or symptoms of the Coronavirus and who have a history that would indicate they are at risk of the disease, according to the hospital.
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If such a person is identified, they would be isolated and evaluated for their eligibility for a Coronavirus test. If they are not deemed eligible to be tested then the person will be sent home with appropriate instructions, according to hospital officials.
If they are deemed eligible to be tested then a test will be administered. If the person tested is not seriously ill, then he or she would be sent home and asked to self-quarantine until the test results come in.
If the test results come back positive and the person is still relatively healthy, then that person would be asked to continue to self-quarantine. If the person is not well enough to go home and requires admission to the hospital, then we will treat them appropriately in an isolated room, according to the hospital.
For questions about our infection control procedures, call (661) 200-1302, or send an e-mail to [email protected].
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
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