Where can I get tested for Coronavirus ?
Supplies of available test kits is still limited, nationwide, so you will not be able to be tested simply by requesting it. At this time physicians and hospitals are being forced to use their judgment on exactly who falls into the higher priority groups for testing. Priorities for testing at this point in time are limited to:
- Hospitalized patients who have signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19 – in order to help them make decisions related to infection control.
- Other symptomatic individuals such as older adults and individuals with chronic medical conditions that may put them at higher risk for poor outcomes (diabetes, heart disease, those receiving immunosuppressive medications, chronic lung disease, chronic kidney disease).
- Any persons, including healthcare personnel, who within 14 days of symptom onset had close contact with a suspect or laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 patient, or who have a history of travel from affected geographic areas (China, South Korea, Italy, Iran) within 14 days of their symptom onset.
If I’m not feeling well, should I go to the Emergency Room, to the doctor, or to an Urgent Care to be checked ?
Not necessarily. If you are experiencing severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing – you should seek care without delay. Older patients (age 60 and above) and individuals who have underlying medical conditions, or who are immunocompromised, should call their physician’s office early in the course of even a mild illness for guidance. But mildly ill patients are being encouraged at this time to stay home and contact their healthcare provider by phone for guidance instead of heading straight in to be checked. Our 24-Hour Urgent Care Department can be reached by calling 928-865-7589, or 928-865-9184.
What should I do as a normal course of action to try to avoid becoming ill with COVID-19 ?
Wash the inside, sides, and backside of your hands, and in-between your fingers, rubbing with soap and water thoroughly (for at least 20-seconds) frequently throughout the day.
Avoid crowds (more than 10 people) and avoid close contact (closer than 6 feet apart) with anyone who has a fever and /or cough.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Disinfect all high-touch surfaces at home and at work at least once a day with an alcohol-based or 1% bleach cleaning agent.
Cough and sneeze tightly into the inside of your elbow
It can be difficult to follow all these rules all the time without exception – so above all – keep washing your hands !