Because of the increase of the respritory illness COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Access Community Health Centers is following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines in asking our patients screening questions.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
The COVID-19 virus, or coronavirus, is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. Symptoms are:
- Mild to severe fever
- Cough and/or shortness of breath
Most people with a virus, including coronavirus, will not need to be seen at a clinic if they have mild symptoms. But patients with symptoms that are moderate to severe or with a chronic condition will need to be evaluated. Access providers, along with local public health officials, will decide who will be tested for COVID-19 using a screening process.
When to contact your clinic
- If you have a fever over 100.4 degrees for more than 72 hours.
- If you have shortness of breath.
- If you are dehydrated.
How to protect yourself
- Use these preventive actions to protect yourself against respiratory illness:
- Stay away from people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60 percent alcohol.
To keep from spreading respiratory illness
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Stay home.
- Drink fluids.
- Take fever-reducing medications — Tylenol/Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen.
If you have concerns about moderate to severe symptoms, please call your clinic at (608) 443-5480.