February 05, 2020
Do I need to be concerned about the novel (new) coronavirus?
The safety of our patients, families, visitors, employees and physicians is our top priority at Good Samaritan Hospital. Masking stations are at multiple locations throughout the hospital and at event entrance. As part of HCA Healthcare, which is working in tandem with the CDC on proactive preparedness precautions, we are receiving regular updates and guidance and working closely with the Santa Clara County Public Health Department.
According to the Public Health Department, there is currently no evidence to suggest that novel coronavirus is circulating in our community. So even though Santa Clara County has confirmed cases, the public is still at low risk.
You're probably familiar with seasonal screening of patients for fever, flu-like symptoms and travel. As a precautionary measure against the novel coronavirus, we are providing this health alert to keep you informed.
If you have:
- Been to China in the 14 days before you got sick,
- A fever, or
- Cough or shortness of breath
Stay home and call the Santa Clara County Call Center (408) 885-3980, Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm. If after hours or medical attention is needed, contact your primary care physician (PCP) and explain the exposure. Your Primary Care Physician has access to the county 24/7.
If you're at the hospital:
- Put on a mask
- Tell the hospital staff now
Important: Let us know if you have been in close contact with someone who is under investigation for coronavirus infection and you have a fever or symptoms of respiratory illness.