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COVID-19 Updates

As of 7/3/2020:
Shelby County COVID-19 Cases: Positive-117 | Recovered-99 | 8-Positive Serology
Myrtue Test Results: Negative-514 | Pending-16

When to Seek Care

Are you experiencing any of the following COVID-19 symptoms: fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell?

  • Before visiting PLEASE CALL 712-755-5130 to talk to a nurse before visiting.
  • If you think you may have the Coronavirus (COVID-19), DO NOT go directly to the ER, hospital or doctor's office. Call first. Our healthcare providers will evaluate your symptoms and explain your best course of action.
  • Do not go to work, school or social gatherings if you have symptoms.

Routine Appointments, Check-ups, Screenings and Immunizations

Maintaining appointments and seeking care is critical for all healthcare conditions, especially those conditions such as diabetes, asthma, heart disease, hypertension, and lung disease. It is also important to keep well-child visits and make sure childhood immunizations are up-to-date and delivered on time.

Virtual appointments are available for various types of visits in the Rural Health Clinic for safety and convenience from their home or anywhere using a computer or mobile device. Telehealth visits allow you to have a medical consultation with a healthcare provider using live video chat from the comfort of your home.

What You Need to Know

Myrtue Medical Center is following guidance from the CDC and has put a number of measures in place to ensure the safety of patients and employees.

  • Employees are required to take their temperatures before and after their shifts
  • Increased cleaning practices
  • Masking of employees, patients and visitors
  • Social distancing
  • Additional hand hygiene stations
  • Limited entrances
  • Visitor limitations

Visitor Guidelines -For the safety of all patients, visitors and staff, please review the following temporary guidelines:

  • All visitors must be screened at the entrances and display a green check mark sticker visible to staff.
  • A mask must be worn at all times throughout the entire facility.
  • Only one healthy adult visitor per patient stay, multiple visitors will not be allowed.
  • If a patient is pending COVID-19 test results or is confirmed COVID-19 positive, NO visitors will be allowed.
  • Hand hygiene must be completed upon entering and exiting a patient room.
  • Guidelines can be reevaluated on a case-by-case basis for hospice/end of life patients and patients under the age of 18.

Limited Entrances - Myrtue is limiting the access points that patients and visitors can use to enter our buildings. This is to ensure that everyone who enters our buildings has been screened.

  • Main Clinic Entrance—1220 Chatburn Avenue, Harlan
    • Monday – Thursday – 6:30 AM–8:00 PM
    • Friday - 6:30 AM–6:00 PM
    • Saturday – 6:30 AM–12:00 PM
  • Emergency Room—1213 Garfield Avenue, Harlan
    • 24 hours – 7 days a week

Screening Questions - At these two entrances, screening questions will be asked of each person entering the facility. The screening questions include:

  • Do you have a cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing?
  • Do you have at least two of these symptoms - fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or new loss of taste or smell?
  • Do you live with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or who has tested positive for COVID-19?

Testing Cost -If you do not meet the Iowa Department of Public Health criteria for COVID-19 testing at the State Hygienic Lab, the cash price for a COVID-19 test administered upon the direction of your practitioner is $195.00. The price for a Serology IgG (antibody) test is $67.00.

Reminders and Additional Resources

Everyday prevention methods are very important:

  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Stay home if you are ill.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw tissue in the trash.
  • Keep children home when they are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces (e.g., doorknobs, light switches, countertops) with the cleaners typically used. Use all cleaning products according to the directions on the label.

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