NOTICE: All Visitation Discouraged. Visitation will be permitted following a health and travel screening to: obstetrics – birth of a newborn, Pediatrics – limited to (1) adult; End of Life Situations.
NOTICE: Entry Points Limited. Entry points are limited to the north tower lower level and south tower ER entrance exceptions are made on a limited basis based on patient care needs.
About WVU Medicine Camden Clark’s COVID-19 Response
WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center clinical leaders and teams from the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department, West Virginia Homeland Security, Local EMS and 911 Dispatch have developed a COVID-19 Preparedness Taskforce to review all aspects of our local area’s emergency preparation plan. WVU Medicine Camden Clark has experience with handling infectious diseases and infection control of serious viruses and stands ready to work with multiple area community health-care focused groups as it pertains to the virus’ potential spread.
Our infection prevention teams are working in conjunction with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, WVU Medicine, WVU School of Health Sciences, and local health authorities to provide information and implement policies intended to ensure the continued health and safety of our community.
Sick individuals are urged to stay home. WVU Medicine Camden Clark would like to stress the importance of preventative measures.
What is COVID-19?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS, SARS and now with this new virus, SARS-CoV-2, which causes the 2019 novel coronavirus disease, abbreviated COVID-19.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
- Shortness of breath
How serious is it?
The complete clinical picture is not fully understood. For confirmed cases, reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. There are ongoing investigations to learn more. This is a rapidly evolving situation, and information is being updated as it becomes available. Information so far suggests that most COVID-19 illness is mild, but older people and people of all ages with severe underlying health conditions — like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, for example — seem to be at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness.
How does it spread?
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest). Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet)
- Via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
How can I protect myself?
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. It’s currently flu and respiratory disease season and CDC recommends getting a flu vaccine, taking everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals if prescribed.
Everyday preventive actions can 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:
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
- 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. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
What We’re Doing to Keep You Safe
- Dedicated COVID-19 Unit
We’ve opened a dedicated COVID-19 care unit in the hospital in preparation for possible increase in cases and to take precautions for isolation of and limited exposure to those cases. The dedicated COVID-19 unit has a current capacity of 29 beds including appropriate equipment to care for all levels of COVID illness. If a surge of patients require admission to this unit and these beds are full, we will begin to convert other rooms to support these patients. It is also important to understand that CCMC is part of a larger system. We are collectively monitoring bed capacity and will have the ability to source availability at other locations within our system if necessary as well.
- Visitor and Entrance Restrictions
We’ve minimized visitation to “near zero” in the hospital and instituted a patients only policy in all ambulatory clinics. We’ve minimized entrances to the hospital for both visitors and staff and established screening procedure tools for patients and employees.
- ED Triage Trailer
We’ve implemented an ED triage trailer in preparation for potential larger than normal traffic of patients with symptoms who have not yet seen their primary care physician to be screened for testing. This measure was also put in place to minimize exposure to other patients, visitors and staff.
- Personal Protective Equipment
We’re distributing appropriate PPE to patient care staff in the hospital and at ambulatory clinics and provided guidelines and access to masks for employees. In addition, we’re making masks available to patients who wish to have them.We are keeping a very close eye on our PPE inventory. Senior leadership receives updates on the availability of PPE multiple times daily. While our supply meets our staff’s current needs, it is obviously very critical for us plan for the future needs of our staff and patients. CCMC is managing personal protective equipment (PPE) through appropriate conservation measures including the discontinuation of non-essential surgical services and virtual clinic visits via telemedicine. We continue to source critical equipment through our vendor network and are supported by our larger WVU system, but must stay vigilant in our efforts to obtain and manage PPE. Additionally, we continue to receive much needed and appreciated community donations from area businesses and some are even converting manufacturing processes to support our supply of face shields.
The following clinics have temporarily updated their hours:
M-F: 6a-3p, Closed Saturday
- What is Coronavirus (Ask the Expert – Kathy Moffett)
- COVID-19 Myth vs. Fact
- WV Department of Health and Human Resources
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Department of Homeland Security Supply Preparedness Guide
- The World Health Organization (WHO) Mythbusters
- The U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs
- National Institutes of Health