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As a result of the concern about the H1N1 virus, Columbus Regional offers the following information to help your family stay healthy.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the following:

  • Stay informed. Click on the link below for the latest information available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Take everyday actions to stay healthy.
    o    Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
    o    Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
    o    Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
    o    Stay home if you get sick. CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
  • Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures. 
  • Develop a family emergency plan as a precaution. This should include storing a supply of food, medicines, facemasks, alcohol-based hand rubs and other essential supplies.

To view a video by Andrew Morley, M.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Columbus Regional Healthcare System, about staying healthy amidst the concern about the H1N1 virus, click here.

For the latest information about the H1N1 virus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, click here.

For the latest information about the H1N1 virus from the Department of Public Health in Columbus, Georgia, click here.

As the region's leading provider of healthcare, Columbus Regional Health has touched the lives of most of the children and adults in this region through its comprehensive network of services. Located in the West Georgia city of Columbus, Columbus Regional was established in 1986 as a not-for-profit health services organization, but its roots can be traced back to 1836 when the local hospital was a small wooden building on the banks of the Chattahoochee River.