Catalina Island Medical Center

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Why is media making the coronavirus such a big deal when influenza and dengue fever are both higher than last year?
Illnesses like influenza and dengue are certainly serious and affect thousands of people every year. There are a few key differences between those illnesses and COVID-19. The COVID-19 virus is much more contagious than most common viruses. This is partly because many people are not showing symptoms, so it is being quickly spread around communities…
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How important is it to isolate?
Social distancing is strongly advised FOR EVERYONE to avoid potential spreading of the virus, especially if you think you are showing symptoms. Again, many individuals have NO symptoms and can spread the virus, so it is important that everyone stay home and practice social distancing.
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Dr. Davis stated he sent out first test today? Does this mean that there is a possibility that someone has Coronavirus on the island?
As of now, we have no known positive cases on the island. However, the Governor ordered a mandate to stay at home because many cases are being spread through the community. Up to half of the individuals who have the virus have NO symptoms. CIMC is actively trying to be on the front end of…
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How many tests does CIMC have right now?
CIMC has the capability to obtain the nasal swab needed to process the test. The swab is then sent to designated public health facilities or private laboratories (i.e. Quest Laboratories). There are a few academic medical centers that have developed their own tests, which is why you might have heard of some places around the…
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Will there be a curfew or lockdown imposed on Avalon residents?
Not currently Sería un toque de queda o confinamiento impuso en los residentes de Avalon? Ahora no.
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Will transportation to the island be on lockdown?
The latest information is that there will be boats transporting daily, but they will be reducing the number of boats as restrictions become tighter. The best thing to do is check the Catalina Express website at La transportación a la isla estará cerrada durante la quarantena? La información más reciente es que todavía estará…
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Are there any reported cases locally?
There are currently no reported cases on Catalina Island. The closet cases are in the Los Angeles Basin. Hay casos reportados a nivel local? En este momento, no hay casos reportados en la Isla de Catalina. Los casos más cercanos están en el Los Angeles Basin.
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Are individuals immune to COVID-19 if they are able to get cured?
The expectation right now is that patients who have COVID-19 and recover from the virus will be immune. More information will come in as researchers learn more about the evolution of the COVID-19 virus. Si uno puede ser curado del virus, serían inmunes a COVID-19? La esperanza ahora es que los pacientes que tienen COVID-19…
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Can individuals still get tested for the regular flu?
Catalina Island Medical Center is testing residents with flu-like symptoms for influenza first. If the flu test is negative and the patient meets testing criteria for COVID-19, they will test for the COVID-19 virus. The co-infection rate is low – if you have one virus, you likely do not have the other. Individuos todavía pueden…
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What is going to be the protocol if/when the COVID-19 Virus reaches Catalina Island?
The most important thing is to stay in your home if you think you may have COVID-19. 90% of patients can be taken care/monitored remotely. Call Los Angeles County Public Health: (213) 240-7941 to talk through your symptoms and they will help residents figure out the proper next steps. Physicians at Catalina Island Medical Center…
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Do you have tips for families and caregivers?
Those who care for older adults can take steps to ensure their needs are met while staying safe. Know what medications your loved one is taking and see if you can help them have extra on hand. Monitor food and other medical supplies needed and create a back-up plan. If you care for a loved…
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How can I reduce my risk of contracting COVID-19?
The CIMC recommends the following precautions to reduce risk of COVID-19 Observe deep social distancing and isolation. Avoid crowds and large gatherings, especially in poorly ventilated spaces. Take everyday precautionsto keep space between yourself and others (ideally 6+ feet). Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you go out in public, keep away…
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Is there a treatment or vaccine for COVID-19?
There is no specific treatment for illness caused by the novel coronavirus. However, many of the symptoms can be alleviated. There is currently no vaccine to prevent novel coronavirus. Be aware of scam products for sale that make false claims to prevent or treat this new infection. Hay un tratamiento o vacuna para COVID-19? No…
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Where does CIMC do COVID-19 testing?
Currently, CIMC works with Quest Diagnostics for offsite testing. We are following the CDC (Center for Disease Control) guidelines on which patients we are able to test. En donde hace CIMC los exámenes de COVID-19. Ahora estamos trabajando con Quest Diagnostics para procesar exámenes fuera de la isla. Estamos siguiendo las pautas del CDC (el…
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Are visitors allowed at the hospital
Effectively immediately, the only visitors allowed at the medical center are guardians of a child/minor or individuals with special needs.
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Are Visiting Specialist appointments still being held?
For the time being, visiting physician specialist appointments will be rescheduled.
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Are Physical Therapy services still open?
We are temporarily closing Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy. Therapists will provide printed and digital materials of exercises for patients to do at home.
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Is CICM still accepting keeping regular appointments?
We will contact clinic patients with existing appointments to assess if appointments should be kept, done over the phone or rescheduled. If you need access care during this time, please call our clinic at 310-510-0096 so we can be prepared to ensure the health and safety of you and our other patients and staff. Hours for…
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Is CIMC screening people who come to the medical center for COVID-19?
Screening and testing are two different things. We screen every person who comes to the CIMC (including all staff) by asking if they are having any symptoms. We are only testing for COVID-19 if an individual has symptoms and meets testing criteria. If you need access to care during this time, please call our clinic…
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