Up & Coming Weekly

March 17, 2020

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12 UCW MARCH 18-24, 2020 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM HEALTH Cape Fear Valley Health System has implemented visitor restrictions to prevent the spread of flu and other respiratory illnesses. Patients in isolation are al- lowed only one visitor. ese patients are identified by signs and blue bags on their doors, which contain personal protective equipment. No restrictions have been implemented for other patients. However, the health system strongly recommends that all patients limit the number of visi- tors during their stay to reduce everyone's chances of getting sick. Patients and visitors should use hand sanitizer or wash their hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds to prevent the spread of germs and dis- ease. Hospital staff can instruct visitors on proper handwashing hygiene. ese changes are being implemented because of growing concerns over SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus. Common symp- toms include cough, fever and shortness of breath. ere have been no confirmed cases in Cumberland County, but Gov. Roy Cooper has imposed a state of emergency because at least seven North Carolinians have contracted COVID-19. People experiencing symptoms and have visited China, Iran, Italy, Japan or South Korea within the past three weeks should visit their doctors. ey should call ahead before visiting or going to the emer- gency department or urgent care. When calling, they should describe their symp- toms and recent travel history. e North Carolina Division of Public Health has established a hotline to address general questions about coronavirus. e number is 1-866-462-3821. To learn more about the coronavirus, visit https://www.cdc.gov/ coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. e city of Fayetteville encourages residents to monitor its website, social media channels and the news media for updates on city programs and services. e Cumberland County Health Department's information on COVID-19 is available at co.cumberland.nc.us/covid19. Questions and patient feedback are always wel- come at Cape Fear Valley Health System via email at info@capefearvalley.com. Officials recommend that urgent matters be taken up with your physician. Do not hesitate to call 911 to report an emergency. If you are unsure if the matter is urgent, residents can call the CareLink hotline at 910-615-LINK, extension 5465 to speak with a Registered Nurse. For the military Personal health services are available for post-9/11 veterans and the families of active duty service members, National Guardsmen, Reservists and their spouses or partners, children, parents, siblings, caregivers and others. e Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Cape Fear Valley provides confidential, high-quality behavioral healthcare services and case management resources at low or no-cost and without long waiting times. e clinic provides personalized and evidence-based care to strengthen mental health outcomes and complement existing support. e Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Cape Fear Valley is committed to an improved quality of life for military families and veterans. Eligibility for service is available regardless of discharge status, role while in uniform or combat experi- ence. Insurance is not required. e Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic is part of Cohen Veterans Network. e Cohen Veterans Network's mission is to remove barriers to care for the military and veteran community. Hospital precautions to prevent COVID-19 by JEFF THOMPSON fayetteville's #1 listen live on air or in the foxy 99 mobile app for hip-hop & R&B

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