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What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

Patients with COVID-19 have mild to severe respiratory symptoms that can include fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath.

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What should I do if I am experiencing symptoms of coronavirus?

If you believe you have symptoms of COVID-19, follow the steps below to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home or community:

Stay home, except to get medical care. Restrict activities outside your home, avoid visiting public places, and do not take public transportation, ride shares, or taxis.

Contact your healthcare provider if your illness is worsening. Reach out to your healthcare provider by calling ahead before visiting the office. Tell your provider that you have or may have coronavirus-like symptoms so they can take steps to keep other people from getting infected. If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that you have been, or are being, evaluated for COVID-19. If possible, put on a face mask before emergency medical services arrive.

Wear a face mask. Wearing a face mask when you are around other people can help prevent the spread of the virus in your community.

How are hospitals preparing to treat coronavirus patients?

Our hospitals are following the latest guidance from the CDC and public health agencies. We are prepared with staff, supplies, and equipment to identify, isolate, and treat any patients who seek care at our facilities. Staff trainings and planning sessions are ongoing, in partnership with local health officials.

Where can I get more information about coronavirus?

We will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available. You can also find the latest on the CDC website as well as the website of your state health department.

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In 1949 a Chamber of Commerce hospital committee was formed and began taking the first steps toward a visionary project -Ward Memorial Hospital. The Chamber's "Hospital Committee" compiled the costs of building a new hospital to present to taxpayers -the first hospital bond issue was defeated in 1950. If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. After one private hospital discontinued practice due to inadequate facilities, leaving only one that could handle just 23 patients, the need for a county hospital was again fronted to the citizens in 1953. With the support of local doctors, civic groups and women's clubs, a bond election was called in March of 1954. In June of 1954 the voters voted six-to-one in favor of a county hospital.