No Cases Here, But Bronson is Prepared for COVID-19
KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The State of Michigan has confirmed that there are two presumed positive cases of COVID-19 in southeast Michigan. At this time (March 11, 2020), there are no cases of COVID-19 at any Bronson location and no one has presented to Bronson with symptoms requiring testing.
Bronson is actively monitoring the situation in our communities and around the world. We are doing everything recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and our state and local health departments, to prepare for COVID-19.
Bronson would like to remind members of the community what to do if they think they have contracted the COVID-19 virus. Symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath, which appear 2-14 days after exposure due to close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or from living in or visiting an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19.
Many people have only mild to moderate symptoms, but adults 60+ and those with chronic conditions or suppressed immune systems are more at risk for severe or life-threatening symptoms. Here are the steps to take if you feel ill:
- First, be sure to stay home to avoid infecting other people. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow and then immediately wash your hands or use hand sanitizer and dispose of used tissues.
- You should not go to your provider’s office, a walk-in clinic or the hospital if you are only mildly ill. Keep in mind that many viruses, such as the flu, have similar symptoms.
- If you are experiencing fever, cough and/or shortness of breath, contact your Bronson provider by phone or Bronson MyChart.
- If it’s after hours or you don’t have a provider, consider a BronsonConnect Video Visit which is available 24/7.
- If you’re not sure what to do, call (269) 341-7788 and a Bronson Care Advisor can guide you to the care option that is best for you.
“Though COVID-19 is a serious matter, people should not panic. It’s important to take precautions, such as proper hand hygiene, to help prevent COVID-19 and other viruses from making you sick. As a whole, Bronson is adequately prepared should COVID-19 arise in our communities, and we are keeping a close watch on everything as things progress,” says Richard Van Enk, Ph.D., Bronson director of infection prevention and epidemiology.
For additional information about COVID-19 visit bronsonhealth.com or the CDC’s webpage.