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Caring for Critically Ill COVID-19 Patients
After a patient diagnosed with COVID-19 was taken off a ventilator after 14 days, the LVMC Critical Care Unit (CCU) and Respiratory Therapists team applauded the milestone. Days afterward, the patient was doing well and breathing on his own.
How Employers Can Help Limit the Spread of COVID
If you are an employer with a COVID-positive or suspected positive employee, there are actions you can take to limit the spread of the virus.
Employers can prepare and respond to a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 by taking the following actions:
New Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed in Santa Barbara County
Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) reports an additional three (3) confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county today. The total number of confirmed cases is 267. Additionally, the Santa Barbara County Call Center has transitioned to 2-1-1 that will provide the public access to general information about COVID-19 in multiple languages 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Severe Illness Associated with Using Non-Pharmaceutical Chloroquine Phosphate as Treatment
Chloroquine phosphate, when used without a prescription and supervision of a healthcare provider, can cause serious health consequences, including death. Clinicians and public health officials should discourage the public from misusing non-pharmaceutical chloroquine phosphate (a chemical used in home aquariums). Clinicians should advise patients and the public that chloroquine, and the related compound hydroxychloroquine, should be used only under the supervision of a healthcare provider as prescribed medications.
Read more on emergency.cdc.gov
Santa Barbara County Public Health Releases Coronavirus Disease (COVID 19) Information Portal for Community
(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) – The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) released a new information portal to augment its current website in response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The new COVID-19 website is located at http://PublicHealthSBC.org with information available in English and Spanish. The site features daily status reports, general information about coronavirus, prevention tips, frequently asked questions, and links to information released by the California Department of Public Health Department (CDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
LVMC Visitor Policy
The COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly evolving situation. In an effort to reduce the possibility of spreading illness, we've made some adjustments to information released Friday afternoon:
COVID-19 Testing Status
Lompoc Valley Medical Center is actively preparing for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The situation with the virus is rapidly evolving and as guidance from State and Local Public Health Departments are updated, our procedures and protocols are revised accordingly. We will inform the community via our webpage, signage at our facilities, and other means, as developments occur that may impact your healthcare needs.
SBC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
There are NO confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County at this time.
In order to protect the health of our community, the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department has issued a declaration of a local health emergency and health officer order for the postponement and cancellation of events, as indicated below, as well as social distancing measures.3
Lompoc Valley Medical Center Prepares for Coronavirus Response
Since the initial outbreak of COVID-19, the novel (new) coronavirus identified late last year in China, Lompoc Valley Medical Center has participated regularly in Santa Barbara County and statewide updates and planning calls along with other regional hospitals and clinics.
LVMC Cancels Support Groups, Lectures through May
With the ongoing and evolving COVID-19 situation and the declaration of a national emergency, LVMC is canceling all workshops, lectures and support group gatherings regularly held at our facility, through the end of May.
We are making this very difficult decision to protect public health and the health and safety of our staff, patients and visitors.
Wearing a Mask Helps Fight the Spread of Coronavirus
The arrival of the novel coronavirus has introduced a cascade of concerns into modern-day society. At the forefront of these concerns is how to keep yourself safe while trying to navigate the new landscape of the world.
Maintaining Your Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic
With the appearance of the novel coronavirus at the end of 2019, daily life began to change for many people around the globe. For some communities, these changes were gradual, but for others, they were more rapid. As the SARS-CoV-2 virus continued to spread, and the COVID-19 pandemic landed on our shores, it completely disrupted our daily routines. The current pandemic has impacted nearly every aspect of life for many Americans, including access to medical care. Unfortunately, many Americans have become ill with a COVID-19 infection, and many more may become ill in the future.
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