The Town of Big Sandy is working with the Medical Center, county and state health departments. We ask that everyone follow the guidelines below:
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is now considered a pandemic and a rapidly evolving situation. It is important that everyone in Big Sandy take the appropriate steps to protect themselves, their loved ones, and the community.
- At this time the illness ranges from mild to severe symptoms and possible death. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Older adults and people with severe underlying chronic medical conditions appear to be at a higher risk for more serious complications.
- If you have symptoms it is important that you take precautions to prevent further spread. This includes staying home and treating the symptoms as needed. It is important that you prevent spread to the community. Avoid going into public including the grocery store, bar/restaurant, bank, post office, etc. if you have any symptoms.
- If you have concerns with your symptoms including difficulty breathing, chest pain, confusion, bluish lips or face, or other concerns please call your medical provider. Big Sandy Medical Center is available for your calls and to give recommendations by calling 406-378-2188. Please attempt to call the facility prior to coming so that staff can be prepared and decrease risk to others.
- At this time the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed. Currently it is thought to be spread mainly from person-to-person. This can occur between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- Clean your hands often by washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand-sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
For more information: Center for Disease Control & Prevention: Coronovirus Prevention