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Lafayette General Health is committed to keeping our patients informed and safe when it comes to COVID-19. 

Below you can find links that lead to information about the virus, steps to take for prevention and how we’re prepared across our health system. 

Community Mask, Gloves, and Other Donations

Beginning Tuesday, March 24, United Way of Acadiana will be accepting N95 and surgical masks, latex-free disposable gloves and homemade masks on behalf of Lafayette General Health. Due to our zero visitor policy, we cannot accept donations at any of our hospitals.Their warehouse is located at 215 E. Pinhook Road, and donations will be accepted Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Items may also be shipped to this address. To minimize contact, this is a self-service drop-off process.

Masks will be inspected for quality and utilized for incoming patients in need. 

For full instructions on how to create your own mask, you can find approved patterns here

What is COVID-19 and how does it spread?
COVID-19—an abbreviation which means coronavirus disease 2019—is a new strain of a respiratory virus called coronavirus. Similar to viruses like SARS and MERS, COVID-19 is suspected to have originated from an animal-to-person contact. This new strain has now progressed to community spread, which means people get infected without knowing how or where they became exposed. There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract viruses. COVID-19 is a new virus, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease.

What are the Symptoms?
Reported cases have ranged from mild to severe, and even death for some whose immune system was already compromised.
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:
•    Fever
•    Cough
•    Shortness of breath

What are Steps to Protect Myself?
There is no current vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best prevention is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The following are simple steps you and your family can take to prevent illness. 

  • Clean Hands Often Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid Close Contact with people who are sick. Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick such as those who are immunocompromised, elderly or have a chronic respiratory condition. 
  • Limit exposure to children. Although most children seem to develop mild cases, there is suspicion they might carry the virus without showing symptoms. 
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. 
  • Clean and Disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks.

Resources provided by the CDC:
10 things you can do to manage your health at home