With critical low levels of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including manufactured surgical masks, across the nation, ARH hospitals gladly accepts donated hand-sewn masks to keep our healthcare workers safe.
Your time and talent can greatly impact our ability to care for our community members and help ensure our safety as we do. Fabric masks offer the benefit of being able to be washed and re-used. Still a large supply is needed, as each healthcare worker will need to change their mask several times during their shifts, as the mask becomes soiled or damp – for maximum protection.
We are not worried about looking stylish – but we are concerned about functionality. A well-sewn mask with no frayed edges or missed seams or holes is important.
It is most helpful to use a standard pattern to ensure proper fit and function. Please use the following patterns and instruction sheet. In order to make sure the masks are safe and as effective as possible we ask that you consider the following points:
Enclose completed masks in a closed plastic bag or closed plastic box.
When you are ready to drop off, please bring the masks to the front entrance of your local ARH hospital.
Please DO NOT come into the hospital to drop off masks.
We do not want to increase the risk of exposure to our community members. We will launder the masks prior to use so you do not need to wash them prior to delivery.
COVID-19 is the disease caused by the new coronavirus that emerged in China in December 2019. COVID-19 symptoms include cough, fever and shortness of breath. COVID-19 can be severe, and some cases have caused death. The new coronavirus can be spread from person to person. It is diagnosed with a laboratory test.
Dr. Maria Braman, our Chief Medical Officer and featured expert, provides preventative practices and with recommendations about when to seek care and answers Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19.
The following community prevention measures are recommended to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 for residents who live in a county with confirmed cases:
Adults over 60 and people who have severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease seem to be at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness. If you are at increased risk for COVID-19, it is especially important for you to take the following actions to reduce your risk of exposure:
Fact: There is no vaccine for the new coronavirus right now.
Fact: These recommendations do not protect you from getting COVID-19. Some of these practices may be dangerous. Protect yourself by doing the following:
Fact: Viruses change over time. Occasionally, a disease outbreak happens when a virus that is common in an animal undergoes changes and passes to humans.
Fact: Researchers are studying the new coronavirus to learn more about how it infects people. It is not likely you would get COVID-19 from a package that was in transit for days or weeks.
Fact: Certain respirators can protect health care workers as they care for infected patients.
For the general public, wearing lightweight disposable surgical masks is not recommended.
People with a respiratory illness can wear these masks to lessen their chance of infecting others. Bear in mind that stocking up on masks makes fewer available for sick patients and health care workers who need them.
To ensure the sickest people receive care, help minimize the spread of infection and maintain resources, please follow the guidelines below when determining when to seek medical attention.
If you are worried-well, please stay home. Going to a hospital or doctor’s office adds to a higher concentration of people and further overwhelms medical staff.
If you are ill, but would not have sought care if not for COVID-19, do not seek care at an ER, hospital or doctor’s office. If you want advice, call the Kentucky or West Virginia Hotlines.
If you are sick and feel you have an emergency, please call your doctor or seek medical care. Hospitals and medical staff across the region are ready to serve you.
Source: Kentucky Public Health
COVID-19 spreads mainly between people who are close contact with one another, approximately six feet. The virus can be transmitted through droplets that become airborne after a sneeze or cough. Exposure also occurs after touching a surface that has the virus on it and then touching your face, eyes or mouth. Community spread is being seen, also. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in a particular area, including some people who are not sure how or where they became infected.
Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. COVID-19 symptoms include: Cough, Fever & Shortness of breath.
Both influenza (or the flu) and COVID-19 are respiratory illnesses caused by a viral infection. Both can cause fever, cough and body aches. Though symptoms are similar, they are caused by different viruses.
Diagnosis may be difficult with only a physical exam because mild cases of COVID-19 may appear similar to the flu or a bad cold. A laboratory test can confirm the diagnosis.
No specific antiviral treatment is currently recommended for individuals with COVID-19. Current treatment is focused on relieving symptoms. For severe cases, there may be additional options for treatment, including research drugs and therapeutics.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that you:
All hospitals and clinics have protocols and systems in place to keep patients, visitors and health care workers safe. At this time we are operating as usual. You should not avoid seeking care out of concern over the coronavirus. If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, call your health care provider first for advice. We have procedures in place for a safe care environment.
Supportive care is available at this time. There are no FDA approved treatments for COVID19. Patients with fever and/or acute respiratory illness who have traveled in the past 14 days to an area affected by COVID-19, or who have had close contact with someone who is under investigation for, or lab-confirmed, with COVID-19 should seek medical attention. Call ahead before going to the doctor or emergency room, describe your symptoms and identify when you traveled to an affected area.
Consult the CDC for the most current risk assessment by country. Travel to Europe has been temporarily suspended.
ARH has lifted its no-visitor policy for its hospitals in Kentucky and West Virginia, but some restrictions will remain as the system continues to closely monitor the evolving COVID-19 pandemic.
Everyone entering an ARH facility is required to wear a mask (cloth and other homemade masks are encouraged) and will be screened for fever and illness before entering the building.
Beginning May 20, 2020, visitors 18-years-old or older will be permitted to visit patients at ARH hospitals under the following restrictions:
Emergency Departments (visitor allowed 24 hours in ED)
Inpatient and Outpatient Surgeries and Procedures
Behavioral Health Facilities / Skilled Nursing Facility
ARH Chaplaincy Service:
ARH welcomes chaplains for patients in palliative care, (end-of-life care), emergency care and hospice care.
Visitation guidelines for ARH Doctors’ Offices / Clinics, include:
Important information for all visitors
“We understand the importance of family and friends in the healing process, especially during these times of such uncertainty,” says ARH Chief Medical Officer Maria Braman, MD. “We appreciate our communities’ understanding and cooperation as ARH takes a cautious approach to resuming some visitation in our facilities while we slowly and methodically return our services to what will be our new normal for healthcare. As we open up visitation, we remind our patients and visitors that we are still living in a worldwide pandemic and encourage them to take all necessary precautions to protect themselves.”
All of our retail pharmacies are now offering curbside pickup. Call ahead, drive up, grab your meds and go.
Please call 1-800-274-9375 for more information or assistance.
ARH continues to review recommendations from the State Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and will adjust these visitation restrictions as necessary.