Fairfield Medical Center continues to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak. Here are the precautions our facilities are taking in response to recent events.
As businesses across the region begin to screen employees for symptoms of COVID-19 before the start of the work day, most notably through temperature checks, Fairfield Medical Center infectious disease physician Dr. Andrew Dagg-Murry wants to prepare the community and employers for what should happen next.
“If someone has a fever, do not send them to the emergency department or urgent care,” Dr. Dagg-Murry said. Instead, individuals should be instructed to go home and self-isolate. From that point, they should monitor symptoms closely and seek medical attention if their condition worsens or becomes severe. “And always call ahead before arriving,” the doctor reminded.
For the vast majority of individuals, COVID-19 will cause mild to moderate symptoms before resolving and may not require testing. “Employees should be without symptoms for a week, and fever free – without the use of medication – for three consecutive days before returning to work,” said Dr. Dagg-Murry. Upon returning to work, employees should wear a standard isolation mask for 7 days.
Together we are strong, and we will persevere through this surreal time. While it’s impossible to truly predict what kind of impact COVID-19 will have on our community, we are taking every step necessary to ready ourselves for the future.
Andrew Dagg-Murry, M.D., FHP Infectious Disease at Fairfield Medical Center shares tips to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Andrew Dagg-Murry, M.D., FHP Infectious Disease at Fairfield Medical Center shares tips for proper use of a face mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19.