Community Medical Centers is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a rapidly evolving situation. The risk may change daily. But as home to the Valley’s only Level 1 trauma center, our staff and physicians are highly trained and routinely prepare for situations like these. We partner with the Fresno County Department of Public Health, California Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other emergency responders and health agencies.
COVID-19 Dashboard Snapshot
Take a look at the impact COVID-19 is having on our hospital system. This dashboard is updated Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Data includes:
- Positive COVID-19 inpatients: This number now includes resolved COVID-19 patients who are still in our care
- Rule-out COVID-19 inpatients: Patients suspected of having COVID-19, but not confirmed with test results yet
- Staff on self-isolation: Healthcare workers not able to work due to COVID-19 exposure. They have either tested positive or remain in self-isolation while awaiting test results
- Staff who are currently COVID-19 positive
- Healthcare workers who've been vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine
Where can I get a COVID-19 test? Can I go to one of Community’s hospitals?
COVID-19 tests at local hospitals are not intended for the general public. The tests done at Community Regional and Clovis Community are reserved for patients and those with symptoms needing medical attention. If you think you may have been exposed or have mild symptoms, you’ll need to contact the Fresno County Department of Public Health to find a local area testing site and schedule a testing appointment. Testing sites are listed online at fcdph.org/covid19testing
Are visitors allowed in your hospitals?
To protect our staff, patients, and community during the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), visitor restrictions will occur. Routine visiting will be suspended in Community Medical Centers’ hospitals until the transmission of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is no longer a threat to our patients, staff and community.
Adult visitors (16 years of age and older) will only be allowed based on the exception list outlined below, and must stay in the room for the duration of the visit. Support persons must comply with screening instructions and personal protective equipment.
The exception list applies to visitors who pass entrance screening:
- Obstetric patients may have one support person accompany them.
- Nursery/Neonatal Intensive Care Unit patients may have one visitor, parent or guardian. Patients who are under the age of 18 may have one visitor, parent or guardian.
- Patients who are at the end-of-life may have only two visitors. Please note that family meetings should be conducted by teleconference.
- Patients who are being discharged may have one visitor to receive discharge instructions and teaching.
- Patients with physical, intellectual, developmental disabilities or cognitive impairments or their family/patient representative may designate two support people, but only one support person may be present at a time.
- Patients who don’t meet any of the criteria above and have been in the hospital more than 14 days will be allowed one visitor for one day every two weeks.
- Others as determined on a case-by-case basis by hospital leadership.
Visitors will not be allowed in rooms of COVID-19 suspected or positive patients with the exception of patients under the age of 18 or at end-of-life.
No other visitors will be allowed in the facilities at this time.
What is the coronavirus and how is it spread?
Novel coronavirus (COVID-19), commonly referred to as “coronavirus,” is a respiratory illness caused by a virus first identified in Wuhan, China. The virus is thought to spread from person-to-person via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, much like a cold or flu.
Is anyone at higher risk of getting a serious case of coronavirus?
Older people and people with severe chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease, should take special precautions like limiting exposure to crowds.
How do I avoid getting sick?
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces like door knobs, cell phones and keyboards.
- Stay home when you are sick except to get medical care.
What symptoms will I have if I’m infected?
Most seem to experience a mild to severe respiratory illness, not unlike a cold. Common signs and symptoms of coronavirus include fever and symptoms of a lower respiratory illness like coughing or shortness of breath. It is possible for it to turn into pneumonia.
What do I do if I have those symptoms?
If your symptoms are not severe, stay home rather than go to the doctor’s office and risk spreading the virus to other people. If you are showing any of the symptoms, do not go to work and don’t travel. Instead, call ahead to your doctor’s office before you make an appointment to report:
- Your symptoms
- Recent travels
- Possible exposures
If you develop symptoms while at work, tell your manager and any HR representative immediately, then leave work if you are able and can travel safely without infecting others. Call your doctor as soon as possible.
Should I wear a mask and can I get masks and supplies from your hospitals?
Masks can help stop the spread of infection if a sick person wears it by containing respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Effective June 8, 2020, we are requiring all patients and visitors be masked in all Community Medical Centers facilities. Patients with COVID-19 (coronavirus) symptoms will be provided a surgical mask; visitors with cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms will not be allowed to visit family or friends in the hospital. Patients and visitors who are asymptomatic (producing or showing no symptoms) may wear a personal mask from home. This may change as the situation develops.
Are your hospitals ready to handle this?
We are prepared with procedures in place to treat patients with coronavirus symptoms and to help protect our other patients and staff from the spread of the virus. We are also closely monitoring our supplies and coordinating with local, state and national public health agencies and healthcare providers to help ensure we’re doing everything possible to meet the needs of our patients and our community.
How can I donate?
If you or someone you know would like to donate items to help please email CMCDonations@communitymedical.org or call the donation number at (559) 459-4040. If you'd like to help by sewing a mask, please use this recommended pattern (or view the PDF here) from blogger Sarah Sterns. If you’d like to make a monetary donation email Community Medical Foundation at Foundation@communitymedical.org, call (559) 724-4343 or click here.
What is social distancing?
According to the California Department of Public Health, social distancing is recommended to slow down the spread of contagious diseases like coronavirus (COVID-19). Social distancing means creating physical space between people. Avoiding things like mass gatherings and large groups of people can help limit the spread of the coronavirus. Social distancing can also mean closing buildings and canceling events. Doing these things has proven effective in prior pandemics at delaying rates of transmission and reducing illness and death.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends maintaining about 6 feet from others during this time. Not shaking hands and practicing proper hand hygiene are also really important steps to help stop the spread of the virus. Learn more ways to protect yourself and others against the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Questions about pregnancy and coronavirus?
Visit the CDC’s Frequently Asked Questions about pregnancy and coronavirus.