CDC image of the Coronavirus, COVID-19

There is a lot of information and misinformation about the Coronavirus, which has officially been named COVID-19 which is short for “Coronavirus Disease 2019.” As of Feb. 21, 2020, there have been no reported cased of the Coronavirus in Florida.

The Medical Center is in frequent communication with county teams in Miami-Dade, Monroe County and Baptist Health South Florida, and will share any developments as needed.

“From the Medical Center’s perspective, we have developed protocols and protective equipment for the staff and patients, which includes segregating and isolating any potential cases that arrive through our doors,” MCOR CEO Keith Young said. “The Medical Center staff is trained and has practice drills on emergency situations and are versed in isolation techniques.”

You can see the latest Coronavirus update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by clicking the red button at the top of the home page. Developments are announced daily and it is advisable to follow reliable federal and state notifications like those of the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO), which posts recommended travel restrictions. If you are intending to travel internationally, be sure to check this information.

Medical Center tip of the week: Wash your hands and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Keep alcohol-based hand sanitizer for use in your car after touching public door handles, ATM machines, grocery carts, etc.