Ruston, Louisiana- The City of Ruston and the Lincoln Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness, along with City of Ruston EMS, Northern Louisiana Medical Center, Green Clinic, Louisiana Tech University, Grambling State University, Lincoln Parish School Board, and other healthcare providers in our community have met and formed a Lincoln Parish Healthcare Task Force to discuss the Coronavirus and the preparedness of Lincoln Parish.
We are taking proactive steps to prepare for the protection of the community, and monitoring ongoing COVID-19 updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Healthcare providers are using the screening guidelines for symptoms and risk factors and have a response plan to protect our community should it be needed. If a physician determines a patient meets the risk criteria, they will coordinate testing and the patient’s ultimate disposition, coordinating with the department of health, as necessary. We understand the sensitivity at this time and want to reassure the community that we remain alert and ready to provide such care if necessary. At this time, no one has been identified in our community who meets the risk criteria.
Local providers are requesting if you think that you or someone you know might be experiencing symptoms of Coronavirus, please contact your physician or healthcare provider by phone before entering the clinic or facility. This precautionary measure will ensure the safety of you and others present, by following proper use of personal protection equipment when you arrive to their location.
We encourage all citizens to follow the prevention protocols established by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for COVID-19, just as we would for other types of infectious diseases including proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE). To find more information about Coronavirus and guidance, we encourage you to go directly to the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html there you will find information on symptoms, prevention and treatment, as well as confirmed cases in the U.S. Another resource for information is the Louisiana Department Health web site http://www.ldh.la.gov/ , where you can find additional information about Coronavirus.