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Home > Mercy News > Preparations, processes in place at Mercy Cedar Rapids to address COVID-19
Published on March 12, 2020
We understand there are many questions and concerns about the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) now that we have confirmed cases in Iowa.
We want to assure the community that Mercy Cedar Rapids is closely following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and working closely with public health officials and other area hospitals and healthcare providers to address this rapidly-changing situation.
Mercy has put processes in place to triage and treat potential cases of COVID-19. These measures are designed to protect patients, visitors and our healthcare workforce.
The best way to avoid getting COVID-19 – or any virus – is to follow common practices that eliminate and/or reduce your exposure to germs. These activities include:
Keeping our healthcare workforce healthy and safe is a top priority to ensure we are prepared and able to serve the health needs of our community as this situation evolves. As a result, Mercy has several mechanisms currently in place to ensure the safety of all of our patients, staff and volunteers, as well as minimize any potential exposure. In addition to the universal precautions listed above, this also includes:
Because the coronavirus situation is developing so rapidly, we’ll continue to keep you informed via Mercy’s website and social media, including Mercy’s Facebook page.