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Southern Inyo Hospital Coronavirus Preparedness Plan

To best care for the communities we serve Southern Inyo Hospital (SIH) along with local, state and federal health agencies has prepared and implemented a Coronavirus prevention and treatment plan to respond to the potential spread of the coronavirus in Southern Inyo County. It is our singular goal to ensure the best, most up to date healthcare is provided to everyone we serve. Presently, there are no known cases of coronavirus in Mono or Inyo County. In all likelihood there will be coronavirus cases detected in our county at some point. The highest risk groups are those over 60 years of age with a history of high blood pressure, heart, lung, and immune system problems like those receiving cancer treatment or those living or have visited in areas where coronavirus has spread rapidly. Listed below are the key components of our plan and important, basic information for everyone one who lives or visits our beloved communities within the Southern Inyo Healthcare District:

If you are feeling like you are coming down with or have a cold or the flu please look for these signs and symptoms:

  • Fever, body aches, dry cough and noticeable shortness of breath. If yes, come to our emergency department to be screened by our health professionals. They will seek to distinguish whether or not it is the seasonal flu or the key characteristics of coronavirus.

 

  • Do not go to the front of the hospital or the clinic offices. Come to the emergency entrance at the rear of the hospital (North end).

 

  • We have set up a special screening protocol we will use first before we allow you to gain entrance into the facility.

 

  • The vast majority of flu signs and symptoms are just that the “flu” or other non- coronavirus heath issues. If it’s been determined by our medical staff you most likely have the flu we will use our standard diagnostic and treatment approaches to care for you.

 

  • If after initial screening you show suspected signs or symptoms of coronavirus we will test for the virus and care for you in a specially designed treatment unit.

We urge all of you to practice basic, personal preventive methods like multiple hand washing, social distancing and to reach out to us if you have concerns or questions about how to best care for you and your families.

 Thank You,

Peter J. Spiers, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer,
Southern Inyo Healthcare District