Madera Community Hospital & Family Health Services Specimen Collections
March 5, 2020 - April 5, 2020 (8:30 a.m.)
COVID-19 (NOVEL CORONAVIRUS) Information
Madera Community Hospital's Temporary NO VISITATION POLICY:
3/15/2020 - The California State Public Health Officer and Director of
the California Department of Public Health is ordering all individuals
living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence except as needed to follow the
federal critical infrastructure sectors.
3/15/2020 - Governor Restricts Hospital Visits -
March 19, 2020
Madera County Department of Public Health Reports Second Confirmed Case
Madera County Department of Public Health reports its second confirmed
case of COVID-19 in Madera County. The case is community transmissionwith
unknown origin and is being investigated. Press release, media availability
and further detail to follow at 5:30 p.m.
The latest information from the Centers for Disease Control
March 7, 2020: Madera County Department of Public Health Reports Confirmed
Case of Coronavirus/COVID-19
Madera County Public Health Officer Dr. Simon Paul reports one confirmed
case of Coronavirus/COVID-19 in Madera County.
Yesterday, the California Department of Public Health contacted the Madera
County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) to begin monitoring a husband
and wife returning from a Princess Cruise. The couple remained isolated
in their Madera County home. When one of these individuals developed symptoms,
MCPDH coordinated with Madera Community Hospital for medical care and
testing. The couple were received by hospital staff at the car, masked,
and lead directly to an isolation room. At no time did the couple enter
public areas. The patient is currently in stable condition.
This is an isolated case with a known source of transmission. The couple
received one visitor at their home prior to reporting symptoms. Communicable
disease staff are monitoring this individual who is isolated and does
not show symptoms at this time.
Due to protected health information requirements and to protect the patient’s
identity, we are not able to further disclose information about this Madera
County COVID-19 case.
“We wish the patient a quick return to health. The safety and well-being
of our community remains our top priority. We ask community members to
take the same precautions used in flu prevention: stay home when ill,
wash hands frequently, covering coughs at all times, and practicing social
distancing,” said Dr. Paul.
Further spread of COVID-19 can be controlled by appropriate public health
action such as surveillance, identification and isolation of cases, infection
control, intense contact tracing, and isolation of persons who may have
been exposed to COVID-19. Although it may seem like an inconvenience,
it is temporary and essential for containment.
For more information regarding COVID-19, please visit
From California Department of Public Health (CDHP)
To support member hospitals and health systems in their efforts to prepare
and care for patients potentially exposed to and diagnosed with novel
coronavirus, CHA has compiled the latest updates, guidance, travel alerts,
and other information related to the virus. CHA has also coordinated with
the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to host a regular update
call; details from those calls can be found in the “CDPH Updates” tab.
From Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Watch for symptoms
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and
death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
The following symptoms may appear
2-14 days after exposure.*
- Shortness of breath
Take steps to protect yourself
Clean your hands often
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you
have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available,
use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact
Stay home if you’re sick
Cover coughs and sneezes
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
Throw used tissues in the trash.
wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not
readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains
at least 60% alcohol.
Wear a facemask if you are sick
If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing
a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s
office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it
causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your
coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask
if they enter your room.
Learn what to do if you are sick.
If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who
is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in
short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
Clean and disinfect
Clean AND disinfect
frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles,
desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants
appropriate for the surface.
What You Should Know