In light of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation across the globe, Black River Memorial Hospital and Jackson County Public Health are doing their part and working together to relay local information on how to keep you and your loved ones safe during this time.
Due to heightened precautions to protect patients and staff members, BRMH is officially restricting visitors and only allowing one visitor per patient and are not permitting any visitors under the age of 18 until further notice. Special exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis and are being limited to patients who are nearing end-of-life and laboring mothers.
Miranda TerBeest, BRMH Marketing Director stated, “We have posted a live feed from the Center for Disease Control to our website (brmh.net) that is continually updated as information becomes available.” She added, “We are taking all precautionary measures possible to ensure our patients, staff, and our community members are safe.”
Many area organizations are canceling or postponing large gatherings during this time of COVID-19 uncertainty. The BRMH Senior Leader Team and Volunteer Services of BRMH have decided to cancel the annual Partners Brunch with the Easter Bunny previously scheduled at the Black River Falls Middle School on April 11. The Volunteer Recognition Banquet typically scheduled in late April is also canceled.
As the situation evolves, BRMH and Jackson County Public Health are working diligently to follow the guidelines and recommendations provided by the CDC. At this time, the CDC, as well as BRMH and Jackson County Public Health, are advising people who are experiencing symptoms to contact their provider first before making a trip to the emergency room. If you are experiencing symptoms, and are not 65 years of age or older and/or have an existing chronic illness, experts are recommending you self-quarantine for 14 days. However, seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening or if you are having difficulty breathing.
Jackson County Public Health Officer, Ellen Moldenhauer said, “Washing your hands and staying home if you are ill are the most important things you can do to prevent the spread of the flu and other illness.”
Local health officials and organizations are working around the clock to monitor the situation and assess the risk level for Jackson County while continuing to keep our local communities informed as the situation develops.
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