The Rawlins County Health Center (RCHC) publishes a monthly newsletter with current information about our hospital, clinics, and community.
Rawlins County Health Center was recently recognized for patient safety achievements by the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative (KHC).
To view the press release click here.
Thanks to funding from the ACE Foundation and the Dane G. Hansen Foundation, Rawlins County Health Center and Rawlins County Public Health Department are excited to provide Kinsa Thermometers to the Rawlins County Community.
Once you download the Kinsa app, these smart thermometers can provide aggregate data of fevers to the hospital and public health of temperatures rising in the county. This information does not provide demographic data to the hospital or public health.
If you are a community member interested in a thermometer for your household, you can receive one at the Rawlins County Public Health Department or Rawlins County Health Center during regular business hours.
To view the press release regarding the Kinsa Thermometer Project click here.
Rawlins County Health Center has been working hard to stay on top of new developments in COVID-19, also referred to as the coronavirus. We want our community to rest assured that we have been working alongside the Rawlins County Public Health Department to continually update our plan in place to meet changing conditions and information about the virus. This being said, we want to encourage our community by giving you several ways that you can promote personal health and the health of your family to help prevent the virus from spreading throughout our community.
By this point, we have all heard about social distancing, and the importance of not gathering in groups in order to help slow the spread of the disease. It is on you to follow the state-wide stay at home orders and only make trips out of the house for essential items. From a personal health perspective, here are several more things you can be doing.
1. Frequently Wash Hands
When washing your hands, it is important to wash them for at least 20 seconds to clean all of the bacteria off. The most important times to wash your hands are after being in public, or after touching your phone or laptop. Hand sanitizer can also be effective if it contains at least 60% alcohol.
2. Avoid Touching Face
COVID-19 enters through your airways, so it is important to keep your hands away from your face as much as possible. The virus can stay on surfaces for up to 72 hours, so if you were to touch a shopping cart handle and later itch your nose, you could be giving the virus the exact opportunity it needs to enter your body.
3. Cover Your Coughs and Sneezes
It is extremely important to cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue. If you are in public, a face mask will be even more effective. If you are at home, immediately discard the used tissue and wash your hands thoroughly. COVID 19 is carried through air droplets, and can stay on a surface that you sneeze on for several days.
4. Self Quarantine When Sick
If you are feeling ill, we recommend self-quarantining. If you are experiencing respiratory illness symptoms and would like to speak with a provider, we invite you to call the Rawlins Clinic at 785-626-3241. We will ask you several questions and then instruct you on the next steps.
Rawlins County Health Center wants our community to rest assured that our team has a plan in place to provide care in regards to COVID-19. Our hospital leaders have been working closely with our staff, the Rawlins County Public Health Department, Rawlins County EMS, and Atwood Good Sam to provide education and implement the best care to our patients. It is important to remember to stay home if you are sick, practice proper handwashing, and implement good respiratory hygiene practices to help protect yourself and your loved ones from respiratory illness.
If you have any specific questions regarding COVID-19 please feel free to reach out to the Rawlins County Public Health Department at (785) 626-3968. For more information and daily updates about COVID-19, please check the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s website at http://www.kdheks.gov/ or the CDC’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/.
Also, if you or a loved one is experiencing any respiratory illness symptoms and would like to see a provider, please call the Rawlins Clinic – Atwood at 785-626-3241 and a Patient Service Representative will ask you a series of questions and then instruct you on what you need to do further.