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Community Hospital-Fairfax (CH-F) Responds to Positive COVID-19 Case in Atchison County

Wednesday, March 25, 2020, Fairfax, Mo.- Community Hospital-Fairfax Incident Command has issued the following guidance after a positive COVID-19 case has been confirmed in Atchison County on March 25, 2020.

Effective immediately, Community Hospital-Fairfax is closed to visitors. Exceptions, including obstetrical patients, may be made with the advice of the medical team.

The individual that has tested positive has had limited contact within the county; however, any citizens that have respiratory symptoms or suspect COVID-19 exposure are strongly encouraged to use the Community Hospital-Fairfax online screening tool available at www.FairfaxMed.com or the QR code in this press release.

CH-F will be offering a COVID-19 Screening Station in a tent on the hospital campus. The tent is not a substitution for emergency care and patients in respiratory distress should proceed directly to the Emergency Room. The COVID-19 Screening Station is appropriate for patients with respiratory symptoms that feel they may be at increased risk for exposure. The screening station will be open from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2020 and from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. weekdays starting Friday, March 27, 2020. Screening may or may not result in a COVID-19 test.  CH-F will be following Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance. Screening is free of charge, but patients that require further evaluation and testing will be billed as a medical service.

All patients with respiratory symptoms are strongly advised to call Community Hospital-Fairfax clinics prior to visiting the clinics. Additional changes may occur in family medicine clinic staffing. Patients should monitor the Community Hospital-Fairfax Family Medicine Clinic Facebook page or visit www.FairfaxMed.com for details.

Community Hospital-Fairfax reminds the public to follow Atchison County Public Health Department and local elected official’s guidance to continue to keep the community safe.

For additional information, please follow CH-F on Facebook or visit www.Fairfaxmed.com