Update on COVID-19

A message from our President and CEO Mike Mullins.


Mountain Health Network (MHN) continues to closely monitor the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Health officials and medical professionals around the world are working at unprecedented speed to help halt the spread of COVID-19. Cabell Huntington Hospital and St. Mary’s Medical Center has experience with handling infectious diseases and infection control of viruses, like COVID-19. Our infection prevention teams are working in conjunction with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and local authorities to provide information and implement policies intended to ensure the continued health and safety of our community.

All protocols are intended to protect our employees and enable them to provide care in the safest manner possible. These preparations are part of our mission to meet the health care needs of our community and align with World Health Organization standards and are incorporated in our formal emergency response plans.

Based upon existing knowledge, practice, capabilities and capacities within the hospital, the health system and the community, these plans include preparedness to respond to both internal and external emergencies, such as coordination of responses to specific risks of an imminent or ongoing epidemic.

How can you help? Much like steps taken for cold and flu season, routine prevention is key.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick. You should be fever-free for 24 hours prior to returning to work and should wear a mask if exhibiting ongoing respiratory illness symptoms.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • When available to you, get the vaccine.
Immunity Caused by the Vaccine

Here is how the vaccine works:

  • The current COVID-19 vaccines give instructions for our cells to make a harmless piece of what is called the “spike protein.” 
  • Next, the cell displays the protein piece on its surface. Our immune systems recognize that the protein doesn’t belong there and begin building an immune response and making antibodies, like what happens in natural infection against COVID-19.
  • At the end of the process, our bodies have learned how to protect against future infection.
  • There is not enough information currently available to say whether or for how long after vaccination someone is protected from getting COVID-19 again. Early evidence suggests natural immunity from COVID-19 may not last very long, but more studies are needed to better understand this.

If you are not feeling well, please contact your physician. If you have questions about Coronavirus, you can call the West Virginia DHHR information hotline at 1.800.887.4304. This hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Again, the number is 1.800.887.4304.

Working together to keep you safe and informed.

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