Community Hospital responding to influx of patients with recommendations for the public
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Monica Sciuto (831) 622-2756
Communication and Marketing: (831) 625-4505
Monterey, Calif. — Flu and suspected flu cases continue to increase dramatically, and Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula is recommending that members of the public take these steps if you have non-emergency flu symptoms or medical needs:
- Visit your doctor
- Go to urgent care
If, however, you have an emergency, call 9-1-1. In addition, if you are experiencing urgent medical needs or flu symptoms such as high fever that doesn’t improve with medication, difficulty breathing, dizziness or faintness, please come to the Emergency Department.
If you do come to the hospital, please be aware that we are seeing patients with the most urgent needs first. We are working as efficiently as possible to keep wait times down. For more information on what’s urgent vs. emergent, www.chomp.org/services/emergency/urgent-care-or-emergency-care.
We are dealing with the increased influx in many ways, including:
- Setting up a medical tent in our garage area for screening overflow patients, as appropriate
- Asking staff to add or extend their shifts
- Bringing our mobile clinic to the hospital
There are also some things you can do to protect yourself, your family, and our community from the flu.
- Get vaccinated with both types of flu shots (pandemic and seasonal flu). There is still time.
- Keep your hands clean with hand sanitizer or soap and water.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs can be spread this way.
- Avoid close contact (within 6 feet) with people with flu-like illness.
- Comply with our new visitation policy (posted on chomp.org) — those with cold or flu symptoms and visitors younger than 16 are restricted from visiting the hospital. This is to protect our patients from the flu.
ABOUT COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, established in 1934, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. Its parent company is Montage Health, the umbrella for entities that work together to deliver exceptional care and inspire the pursuit of optimal health. Community Hospital is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 220 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through locations including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, a short-term skilled nursing facility (Westland House), Hospice of the Central Coast, Montage Wellness Centers, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at chomp.org