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Flint Hills Community Health Center planning for statewide respiratory illness outbreak exercise later this year Featured

Flint Hills Community Health Center planning for statewide respiratory illness outbreak exercise later this year KVOE News File Photo

While the likelihood of a widespread Coronavirus outbreak locally is very slim, the state of Kansas is still taking steps to ensure local health experts are prepared for the worst.

Flint Hills Community Health Center CEO Renee Hively announced during the recent Lyon County Commission meeting Thursday that in April there will be a statewide exercise to simulate the proper course of action to take in the event a widespread respiratory illness outbreak were to occur.

 

Hively says while Coronavirus numbers in the US are nowhere near what is being seen in China, the origination place of the virus, it is still important to be prepared. Hively says while the disease is a respiratory illness, much like influenza A, it is still brand new meaning there is much that still needs to be learned about it.

 

Nonetheless, Hively says residents need to keep the illness in perspective as that is exactly what it is, an illness. This means there are numerous precautionary methods to help reduce the risk of infection as well as the spreading of the virus.

This includes typical precautionary methods such as washing your hands, not coming into contact with other sick individuals, covering your mouth when you cough and other traditional practices one would utilize to avoid catching the flu. Hively adds if you do believe you may be experiencing symptoms of the Coronavirus you should get to a hospital immediately, but be sure to give the hospital prior notice so they may take action to help reduce the chances of the disease spreading to others.

For more information contact Renee Hively at Flint Hills Community Health Center by calling 342-4864.

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Last modified on Thursday, 13 February 2020 18:01