We are continuing to share information about how Flagler Health+ is preparing
should an outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) occur in our
area. As more questions arise, we want to help our community further understand
that we have a plan in place and are confident in our ability to provide
the safest most effective care for our patients and community should the
need arise. At Flagler Health+, our internal initiatives have included
meticulous evaluation and testing of our negative air pressure isolation
rooms, which help prevent airborne diseases from escaping the room and
infecting other people. Staff working in key areas have received refresher
training on donning and doffing personal protection equipment and all
appropriate team members have also been briefed on proper protocols for
evaluation and testing. We are also evaluating our visitor policy to reduce
potential exposure to colds and flu, as we do every flu season. Further
information may be shared about this at a later date. We are continuing
to collaborate with the Florida Department of Health and key community
agencies like St. Johns Fire Rescue, the St. Johns County Sherriff’s
Office, St. Johns County, the City of St. Augustine and the St. Johns
County School District.
Many people are asking what they can do personally to protect themselves.
First of all, it is important to minimize misinformation and avoid panic.
Secondly, we should all follow basic infection prevention guidelines like
washing our hands often, avoiding contact with sick people, cleaning high
touch surfaces, and staying home when we are sick. If you have cold or
flu-like symptoms, contact your care provider to discuss your condition.
The Department of Health also has a telephone number staffed by a registered
nurse available 24 hours a day. If you or your provider have questions,
you can call 904-209-3250. Centers for Disease Control is the best source
of information should you still have questions. The information can be