Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health COVID-19 Update – March 20, 2020

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health COVID-19 Update – March 20, 2020


– Hello everyone, welcome back. This is Dr. Antonia Altomare, the hospital epidemiologist
and infectious disease doctor. And in the spirit of social distancing, I’m here by myself today. A lot has happened over the
last week, since we last spoke and so we have a lot to update you about. At this time, you may have
noticed a boom in cases across the United States. As of this recording, New Hampshire has a total of
44 cases and Vermont has 22. We have several things that
have changed over the last week here at Dartmouth-Hitchcock
and I wanna reassure you that although there has been
a decrease in work staff across many businesses including
DHMC and DHH as a whole, we have redeployed those staff to various other areas of the hospital to help continue to take care of patients in the safest way possible. At this point we have delayed all non-urgent medical
appointments and procedures. If you do have any medical concerns, please call your provider. We now have a no visitor policy. We went from limiting
visitors to now no visitors, except in a few exceptions. I want to thank the community for all the support and donations for the call for personal
protective equipment. Items we are in need of are masks, gowns, gloves, and hand sanitizer. Know that this is to supplement our stock and currently we do have enough to protect both our employees and our patients. But we very much appreciate
the outpouring of help. Drop-off sites are noted below. Please visit dh.org for our daily updates and if you have any questions, you can email or call our hotline.