Ellenville Regional Hospital (ERH) takes the health and safety of our patients, staff and community very seriously. There are confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in New York so we want to assure you that measures are in place for protection. ERH’s Providers, Infection Control and Clinical Operations have been actively coordinating protocols with Ulster County and New York State Department of Health.
CDC guidance states that the virus is spread from person-to-person exposure between people who are in close contact with one another, within about 6 feet, and through respiratory droplets from an infected person coughing or sneezing. Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
The overall risk of serious illness from COVID-19 is low. Most patients with infection will experience mild upper respiratory symptoms including fever and cough. Those at greatest risk are the elderly and those with existing chronic medical conditions such as COPD, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Children who have been infected seem to experience mild upper respiratory illness or no illness at all.
ERH can administer COVID-19 testing if directed by the DOH. The tests are sent out to Wadsworth Laboratory in Albany. All clinical staff are trained to follow isolation procedures to protect themselves and the patients.
If you think you've been exposed to Coronavirus, please CALL OUR EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT FIRST @ (845) 647 – 6400 ext. 264 before coming to the hospital.
You can also call NYS CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION HOTLINE @ 1-888-364-3065 for more information.
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
No Symptoms - If you have recently traveled to an affected area or have been exposed to infected individuals, but are not sick, DOH has asked that you to stay home on self-isolation which will likely last 14 days. Please notify your provider and the DOH and follow instructions.
Mild Symptoms - If you have flu-like symptoms and do not have shortness of breath, please stay home to protect yourself and your community. Contact your doctor to discuss your symptoms and decide the best course of action.
Severe Symptoms- If you are feeling severely ill, and are having trouble breathing, please get yourself to our ED (make sure to call us at (845) 647 – 6400 ext. 264 to alert us). If unable to do so, please call 911. Alert the 911 dispatcher of any risks you may have for the Coronavirus including travel in the last 14 days, or close contact with someone who has tested positive to have the virus.
Protect yourself. Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands, stay home when you’re sick, cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and discard, clean frequently touched objects, and wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Good hygiene is critical.
We will keep you updated on any new developments on COVID-19 as new information becomes available.