Watsonville Community Hospital: We're Here for You
Watsonville Community Hospital has professional staff and physicians that are here to care for you and your family during this stressful time. Our goal is to keep our community safe and prevent spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Symptoms of COVID-19 can be similar to the flu, so if you have a fever over 100.0 F, chills, shaking with chills, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, muscle aches, headache, or new loss of taste or smell you should contact your primary care provider. If you are experiencing labored breathing or you feel you are having an emergency, call 911 or proceed to the Emergency Department.
When you arrive at the hospital, you will be screened by a staff member before you enter the hospital. You will be questioned about any recent travel and if you have signs of respiratory illness such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. You and your family will be given a mask to wear to while you are in the hospital.
To minimize exposure to COVID-19 we have limited the number of visitors that can come into the hospital. Some areas such as the ED, Obstetrics, and Pediatrics allow 1 adult visitor (over 18) per patient. Other areas do not allow visitors unless the patient has special needs. Visitors must remain in the room with the patient. Limiting the number of visitors is a temporary measure to safeguard the health of all who come to WCH.
WCH physicians and staff are prepared to take care of all patients who come to our hospital for emergencies, surgeries, deliveries, and any illness including COVID-19. We understand public concerns about COVID-19 and want you to know that we have taken the following steps to make sure our patients, visitors, physicians and staff are safe.
- Our Leaders meet every day to discuss and address Patient Safety issues
- We follow all Government and County Guidelines
- Our Housekeepers sanitize departments to keep the Hospital clean at all times
- We ask patients about COVID-19 signs: fever, chills, cough, headache, pain
- Provide temperature monitoring before entering the hospital for patients, visitors & staff
- Everyone within the hospital wears a mask
- We have ample stock of personal protective supplies and equipment
In May, WCH resumed elective surgical procedures and diagnostic testing. A special task force was created to assess and guide the hospital’s readiness to make sure patients, staff and physicians are protected from potential transmission of the COVID virus. Patients who are coming to the hospital for an elective surgery may be tested for COVID-19 before the day of their procedure.
Vital things you can do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- Observe the shelter in place orders from public health authorities
- Wear a cloth face covering when in public
- Keep at least 6 feet distance between you and other people
- You may go outdoors but remember to stay 6 feet away from others
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue; or you can cough into your elbow
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and frequently touched objects such as phones or toys
- WASH YOUR HANDS frequently using soap and water or alcohol-based sanitizer
- Shake hands or kiss others
- Cough or sneeze into your hand
- Touch your face, eyes, and nose
- Attend gatherings of more than 10 people