News in General, April 2020


A WORD FROM OUR CEO Kenneth Cochran, DSc, FACHE President & CEO

Let me begin by sending my deepest and sincere thanks and appreciation to everyone who has been working tirelessly in the fight against this treacherous Coronavirus that has invaded our community. The past few weeks have been overwhelmingly difficult as we have developed our emergency preparedness task force and set new rules in place to diminish the infection rate within our health system. We have had to dramatically change the way we have been operating to protect all parties involved. Our team has been meticulously following the guidelines and recommendations from the Louisiana Office of Public Health as well as the Centers for Disease

Rest assured that we are doing everything possible to stop the spread of COVID-19 while taking this emergent situation and the circumstances that develop on a case-by-case, day by day basis. We obviously cannot predict who will be affected or the trajectory of this disease, but we are doing everything in our power to mainstream our resources and remain calm during this most trying time. We will get through this as we always have, as a family, but it will take all of you doing your part to combat this infection. If you have not been added to the OGHS text group, please contact Human Resources with a current cell phone number so that we can add you to the group. This allows us to provide up to date, accurate information in a timely manner.

Please feel free to contact me, or any member of the Senior Leadership Team, if you have any questions or concerns.


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10 Things


How to protect yourself from COVID-19 and stop the spread of germs

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

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. Most common EPA-registered household disin- fectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface. To make bleach solution, mix:  5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) bleach per gallon of water or  4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

What to do if you are sick? Follow the steps below: If you are sick with COVID-19 or think you might have it, follow the steps below to help protect other people in your home and com- munity.

Stay home except to get medical care.  Stay home! People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to recover at home. Do not leave, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.  Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you feel worse or you think it is an emergency. Separate yourself from other people in your home.  Stay away from others. As much as possible, you should stay in a specific “sick room” and away from other people in your home. Use a separate bathroom if available.  Limit contact with pets & animals. Restrict contact with pets and other animals, just like you would around other people. Call ahead before visiting your doctor.  Call ahead if you have a medical appointment and tell them you may have COVID-19 so that they can protect themselves and other patients.  Wear a facemask, cover your cough, clean hands often  Avoid sharing personal household items like dishes, drinking glasses, cups, etc. Clean all high-tough surfaces daily. Monitor your symptoms  If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*: shortness of breath, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, bluish lips or face.  *This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are sever or concerning.  Call 911 if you have a medical emergency. Tell the operator that you may have COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before medical help arrives.

Community Resources

While many of you are familiar with our Healthy St. Landry Alliance managed by the OGHS Foundation, some of you may not know about the resources available to St. Landry Parish residents. The vision of the Alliance is to build a Healthy St. Landry for all of us. Below are examples of the many resources available to St. Landry Parish residents:  If you are in need of diapers, the Diaper Bank is available to employees as well as the public. Simply call the Foundation at 678-4266. Your request is confidential.  If you need supplemental food sources, contact ICONS Food Bank at 594-8845. For additional information regarding food insecurities, assistance with utility payments, housing or other resources, visit Additional Resources:  The Louisiana Department of Education has opened the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) to support essential critical personnel. By completing an application, families can access subsidized care for children age 12 and under at licensed childcare centers participating in this program. The application can be accessed here: care-assistance-program-(ccap)-pandemic-protective-services-crisis-application.pdf?sfvrsn=21e09b1f_8  Opelousas General Health System provides free counseling services to employees through our Employee Assistance Program. Margie Quebedeaux, one of the providers has relocated her office. She will now see clients in the WellSmart Rural Health Clinic located at 1200 Hospital Dr., Suite 5. She can be reached at 945-5545.  St. Landry Economic Development has created a website for information and resources specific to the Coronavirus pandemic. To learn more visit .  232 HELP is a service that links peoples in need to the resources that can help them. They also have specific information related to COVID-19. For more information visit .  St. Landry Parish Chamber of Commerce has created a Facebook page to provide information regarding community resources. The public group name is St. Landry Parish COVID-19 Community Resources.  For information or to apply for unemployment benefits due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) visit .  St. Landry/Evangeline United Way’s mission focuses on Income, Education and Health. Updated infor- mation regarding COVID-19 is also available by visiting .

Healthcare personnel (HCP) are on the front lines of caring for patients with confirmed or possible infection with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and therefore have an increased risk of exposure to this virus. HCPs can minimize their risk of exposure when caring for confirmed or possible COVID-19 patients by following Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with Confirmed (COVID-19) or Persons Under Investigation for COVID-19 in Healthcare Settings. What healthcare personnel should know about caring for patients with confirmed or possible coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

How COVID-19 Spreads There is much to learn about the newly emerged COVID-19, including how and how easily it spreads. Based on what is currently known about COVID-19 and what is known about other coronaviruses, spread is thought to occur mostly from person-to-person via respiratory droplets among close contacts. Close contact can occur while caring for a patient, including: • being within approximately 6 feet (2 meters) of a patient with COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time. • having direct contact with infectious secretions from a patient with COVID-19. Infectious secretions may include sputum, serum, blood, and respiratory droplets. If close contact occurs while not wearing all recommended personal protective equipment personal protective equipment (PPE), healthcare personnel may be at risk of infection. How You Can Protect Yourself Healthcare personnel caring for patients with confrmed or possible COVID-19 should adhere to CDC recommendations for infection prevention and control (IPC): • Assess and triage these patients with acute respiratory symp- toms and risk factors for COVID-19 to minimize chances of exposure, including placing a facemask on the patient and placing them in an examination room with the door closed in an Airborne Infection Isolation Room (AIIR), if available. • Use Standard Precautions , Contact Precautions, and Airborne Precautions and eye protection when caring for patients with confirmed or possible COVID-19. • Perform hand hygiene with alcohol-based hand rub before and after all patient contact, contact with potentially infectious material, and before putting on and upon removal of PPE, including gloves. Use soap and water if hands are visibly soiled. • Practice how to properly don, use, and doff PPE in a manner to prevent self-contamination. • Perform aerosol-generating procedures, in an AIIR, while following appropriate IPC practices, including use of appropriate PPE.

Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Routine cleaning and disinfection procedures are appropriate for SARS-CoV-2 in healthcare settings, including those patient-care areas in which aerosol-generating procedures are performed. Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claims are recommended for use against SARS-CoV-2. Management of laundry, food service utensils, and medical waste should also be performed in accordance with routine procedures. When to Contact Occupational Health Services If you have an unprotected exposure (i.e., not wearing recommended PPE) to a confirmed or possible COVID-19 patient, contact your supervisor or occupational health immediately. If you develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (fever, cough, or difficulty breathing), do not report to work. Contact your occupational health services. For more information for healthcare personnel, visit:

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