Bakersfield Heart Hospital Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness
Updated March 17, 2020
At Bakersfield Heart Hospital, the care and safety of our patients is our top priority. We have highly trained infection prevention practitioners who closely follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the public health department.
In an effort to support our patients, visitors and communities, Bakersfield Heart Hospital has listed some Frequently Asked Questions. We encourage you to contact the Kern County Department of Health for additional information about COVID-19 by calling (661) 321-3000.
What is a novel coronavirus?
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
What should I do if I have coronavirus symptoms?
What is the treatment of COVID-19?
How do I protect myself from catching coronavirus?
How is Bakersfield Heart Hospital protecting patients and caregivers?
What visitor restrictions are currently being implemented?
What if I have additional questions about COVID-19?
A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
Reported illness ranges from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The following symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure:
Shortness of breath
If you are experiencing symptoms of respiratory disease, we encourage you to first discuss your situation with your primary care physician. Do not come to the hospital.
You should call your doctor if:
You develop symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath)
You have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19
You have recently traveled from an area of concern.
There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19, according to the CDC. People with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms.
Here are some prevention measures you can take to avoid contracting any virus:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
Get a flu shot (for everyone six months and older)
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Stay home when you are sick
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
Bakersfield Heart Hospitals continues to emphasize fundamental infection prevention measures such as hand washing for associates and visitors, isolating infectious patients as appropriate and providing personal protective equipment (such as masks, gloves, gowns and eye protection) for associates and visitors if needed. We also follow new or additional prevention measures, issued by the CDC.
Bakersfield Heart Hospital is also screening visitors, staff and physicians at the main entrance and ER Entrance by checking for fever, before allowing anyone to fully enter the hospital. If fever is present, but additional care is not needed, the individual will be asked to return home.
Bakersfield Heart Hospital has managed infectious disease on a regular basis, and we want to reassure you that our hospitals and Wound Care clinic are safe. We are confident we can effectively treat an infected patient with little risk to our patients and visitors. We are closely following CDC protocols and working with local public health departments to ensure our hospitals and clinics are safe.
Because your health and the health of your loved ones is our top priority, no children (under 18 years old) will be allowed into the hospital and patient visits will be limited to only ONE visitor to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Patients are encouraged to use FaceTime, Skype, WhatsApp or their preferred telephone or video chat application.
We encourage you to call the Kern County Department of Health to provide additional information about COVID-19 by calling (661) 321-3000.
You can also visit the CDC website for additional information about COVID-19.