Onslow Memorial Hospital is working with UNC Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and State health officials to monitor the outbreak of the respiratory disease coronavirus/COVID-19. The situation is evolving rapidly, so the best resource for the latest information is the CDC website. Here we will provide updated information and our preparations, as well as tips for staying healthy.
- View our phased recovery plan for Outpatient and Surgical Services and more information about our new operational norm in our Executive Summary, here.
- Learn how we're keeping our patients safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, here.
- Here are a few ways you can help our community hospital.
- View our latest visitor restrictions, here.
To see if you're eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, please view the eligibility guidelines here: https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/vac....
If you are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine and would like to receive one, please visit the Onslow County Health Department website for more information.: https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/vac...
As part of our mission to improve the health and well-being of North Carolinians, we plan to take every step to examine the safety and efficacy of each COVID-19 vaccine candidate. During this pandemic, now more than ever, it is critical that you have all the available information so you can feel confident in deciding how to protect yourself. For FAQs about the COVID-19 vaccine, please refer to this PDF.
UNC Health has developed a COVID-19 vaccine hub to provide up-to-date information concerning COVID-19 vaccines. To learn how a vaccine is developed and approved, how mRNA vaccines work, and when a vaccine may be available to you, visit the hub here.
Patients should contact their healthcare provider BEFORE VISITING a clinic, an urgent care location or a hospital emergency room if:
- They are experiencing flu-like symptoms including fever, cough or shortness of breath, —AND— They have traveled internationally within the last 14 days or domestically in the past 30 days
- If they have had direct contact with a person who is suspected to have, is under investigation, or was diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days.
If you are experiencing severe, acute respiratory symptoms, call 911 or seek immediate treatment.
What You Need to Know About Coronavirus
UNC Health provides a Health Talk, authored by David J. Weber, MD, MPH, medical director of infection prevention at UNC Hospitals. He explains the basics of the coronavirus, how it spreads, and what you can do to keep yourself and your family healthy.
Hand washing is an important part of preventing illness, but what is the best way to wash your hands? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains their recommendations in this video.
Everyday actions can prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. Protect yourself and others with these tips:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are used often, such as cellphones, door knobs, and light switches.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow or cover your nose and mouth with a tissue.
- Avoid touching your face.
- If you do become sick, stay home and limit contact with others in your home as much as possible.
Latest CDC Recommendation for Wearing Non-Medical Face Masks
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
- You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
- Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
- Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
- The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
- Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
- Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
(Source: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention)
Read more from the CDC about how to wear a mask properly, how to safely remove a mask, and how to clean/sanitize a mask.
FAQs about Cloth Face Coverings: Read the CDC's responses to frequently asked questions about their non-medical face mask recommendation.