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  • Chief Clinical Officer on Hartford HealthCare’s COVID-19 Preparedness

    March 18, 2020

    Dr. Ajay Kumar, Hartford HealthCare‘s Chief Clinical Officer, discusses the healthcare system’s preparedness during a March 17 visit with WTNH, Channel 8. Here is an edited version of the interview: Q: Dr. Ajay Kumar, the chief clinical officer of Hartford HealthCare, is here to bring us up to date on…

  • Hartford HealthCare Increases Visitor Restrictions, Limits Elective Surgeries

    March 17, 2020

    Hartford HealthCare has increased its visitor restrictions and will postpone surgeries and procedures that are not urgent or emergent due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Restricting visitors as much as possible helps prevent the spread of coronavirus. Click here for an explanation of the policy and exceptions (for example, visits to…

  • Seniors: How to Stay Active, Healthy During COVID-19 Crisis

    March 17, 2020

    Seniors are among the most vulnerable in the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Older people are at least twice as likely to have a serious case of COVID-19, according the early data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The immune system, as we age, is less efficient at fending off…

  • Why Soap and Water Is More Effective Than Hand Sanitizer Against COVID-19

    March 17, 2020

    Store shelves may be wiped clean of hand sanitizer but soap is more effective for protecting yourself from COVID-19, according to infectious disease specialists. “If at all possible, wash your hands with soap and water,” said Dr. Virginia Bieluch, the chief of infectious diseases at The Hospital of Central Connecticut, “If…

  • Center for Healthy Aging Adds Virtual Dementia Caregivers Support Group

    March 16, 2020

    Support groups provide emotional, educational and social support in a positive and uplifting atmosphere. In meeting the needs of dementia caregivers who may be unable to attend an in-person group, Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging is now hosting four call-in support groups each week. Led by dementia specialists and…

  • Hartford Hospital Patient First COVID-19 Case in Area

    March 14, 2020

    A Rocky Hill woman in her 80s being treated at Hartford Hospital tested positive Friday for COVID-19, the first confirmed coronavirus case in the Hartford area. Hartford HealthCare would like to offer the community this information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention if you eventually become mildly ill…

  • How You Can Tell the Difference Between Allergies, Cold, Flu and COVID-19

    March 14, 2020

    Eyes watering? Runny nose? Feel like your head is locked in an ever-tighter vice? Sounds like the start of seasonal allergies, maybe a cold or flu . . . but not COVID-19. To keep anxiety levels down, and reduce the crush on local healthcare during the coronavirus pandemic, it’s important…

  • A Message From Hartford HealthCare CEO Jeffrey Flaks

    March 11, 2020

    With the concerns about coronavirus and COVID-19, I want to assure you that Hartford HealthCare is doing everything possible to protect the safety and well-being of the people and the communities we serve, and our team of healthcare providers. Our goal is to be ready and prepared for whatever is…

  • How to Control Coronavirus Anxiety

    March 11, 2020

    Whether it’s wiping out a store’s stock of hand sanitizer and toilet paper to overzealously taking children’s temperatures, people’s fears about the coronavirus are escalating. The facts bear some concern, according to experts at the Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network (BHN). Respiratory symptoms and illnesses, which can be associated with…

  • Coronavirus: Hartford HealthCare to Restrict Visitors at Hospitals, Skilled-Nursing Facilities

    March 10, 2020

    Updated March 12 Hartford HealthCare is restricting visitation to its seven-hospital network and prohibiting visitors, with few exceptions, to its skilled-nursing facility as a precaution during the COVID-19 outbreak. “These are unprecedented times,” said President and CEO Jeff Flaks, above, at a March 10 news conference at the Hartford HealthCare Care…

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