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*ATTENTION* 

As part of our effort to keep you and others safe during the COVID 19 pandemic, we ask all patients and visitors wear a mask or face covering before entering the clinic. 

All patients and visitors will be screened and triaged prior to entering a CHS clinic:

A Clinical Staff member will ask the following questions:

  1. Age
  2. Assess for fever/take the patient’s temperature.  
  3. Are you currently having symptoms of shortness of breath or cough, or at least two of these symptoms:
    • Fever
    • Chills
    • Repeated shaking with chills
    • Muscle pain
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • New loss of taste or smell
  4. Have you had contact with someone with a confirmed Coronavirus in the last 14 days?
  5. Have you been tested for Coronavirus recently?
  6. Any fever** or yes replies to the questions, patient will be asked to return to their car and alert clinical staff for further curbside triage.
    • ** Fever defined: patients under 65 years of age, 100.0 and ages 65 and up, 99.6
 

What is COVID-19?
COVID -19 is the disease caused by the new coronavirus that can affect organs involved in breathing, including your lungs, nose, and throat. It is diagnosed with a laboratory test.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.  Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Or at least two of these symptoms:
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

How can I help protect myself?
The new coronavirus can be spread from person to person. There is no coronavirus vaccine yet. To protect yourself:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

What if I am sick?
If you are sick, you should:

  • Stay home and avoid contact with other people and animals
  • Wash your hands at least once an hour
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid sharing household and personal items like glasses and phones
  • Wash all items you have touched
  • Call before you come to a CHS clinic so we can prepare to protect you and others

How do I care for someone who is sick?

  • Wash your hands often and avoid touching your face
  • Keep your distance when possible
  • Do not share household items with the sick person
  • Monitor the sick person carefully and call your CHS clinic if symptoms worsen
  • Wash all surfaces, clothing, and bedding items often