Coronavirus information and updates are changing worldwide on a daily basis with new cases and treatment procedures being reported in numerous countries, including the U.S.

In Lincoln County, Grover C. Dils Medical Center CEO Missy Rowe presented a prepared statement at the county commission meeting Mar. 2.

It was read by commission board vice-chairman Jared Brackenbury in Rowe’s absence. Rowe stated, “What we are doing to prepare, we are working with the Nevada Hospital Association and Nevada Rural Hospital partners and the governor’s office. At this time we have made a request to the state for additional N-95 masks and gowns as our stock is low. The virus is affecting elderly with other health complications and the young. Testing for this virus is currently being sent to the state laboratory as there is no vaccine. What can we do? Wash your hands and don’t touch your face. Stay at home if you show symptoms and don’t send your children to school if they are ill. Talk to kids about washing their hands and use disinfectant often. Keep away from others that are ill. Symptoms of the coronavirus are fever, cough and shortness of breath and can mimic the flu. This virus can cause mild to severe respiratory illness.

Dr. Katschke and his virus staff are reading the information provided by the CDC [Centers for Disease Control] daily. We do not want our community and residents to panic, but rather be aware of signs and symptoms. We will be updating our Facebook page and website regularly and are here to serve our community. Please don’t hesitate to contact my office with questions or concerns. I’ll do my best to return all the calls.”

Contact Grover C. Dils with questions at (775)726-3171.