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Saint Alphonsus prepares in case of Coronavirus

Posted at 5:54 PM, Feb 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-19 11:19:16-05

BOISE — Saint Alphonsus officials say they meet twice a week right to go over guidance from local health organizations and the CDC.

Samantha Birch, an infection prevention specialist for Saint Alphonsus, says they have an infectious disease emergency response plan.

Dr. Ryan Heyborne, Chief Medical Officer for Saint Alphonsus, says they have isolation rooms that are designed not to spread viruses.

"We limit the number of people that go into that room. We have people put on masks when they go into the room. We have specific rooms that don't allow airflow throughout the rest of the hospital that is contained in that regard to spreading of infection," said Dr. Heyborne.

According to the CDC, the Coronavirus spreads person to person among close contact. Symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The CDC recommends avoiding close contact with people who are sick, washing your hand often, coughing into a tissue, and staying home when you're sick.

Officials say all of the Saint Alphonsus hospitals and clinics have the same plan in place.

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