Monday, March 16

March 16, 2020

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Information

If you think it is possible you have been exposed to coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, or may have symptoms of the virus, please call us before you come to your clinic. This allows us to care for you without putting others at risk by spreading the virus. If you are experiencing life threatening symptoms, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.

The situation is new and changing rapidly.  Misinformation is spreading quickly, so be certain to rely on the resources provided here or from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Oregon Health Authority and Lane County Public Health. Information about the virus, including everything you need to know about how the virus spreads, how it’s treated, how to protect yourself, and what to do if you get sick.

Of course, your Oregon Medical Group provider is here to help you at a personal level.

Symptoms
Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to an upper respiratory infection such as a common cold:
- Fever
Cough
Difficulty breathing

Exposure Risk Factors
Travel from an area with recent local transmission of Coronavirus
Close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19

How to Protect Yourself
Reducing risk of COVID-19 infection is similar to protecting against the common cold or seasonal flu.
- Avoid close contact with people known to have this new Coronavirus infection
Wash hands often with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds
Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
Do not share eating utensils
Stay home when you are sick
Avoid travel to high-risk countries. You can find a list of these high-risk countries on the CDC website.

If You Feel Sick
- Stay home if you believe you have been exposed to the virus, even if you are not showing any symptoms.
If you have traveled to a country on the CDC list of level 2 or 3 travel health notices and feel ill, call your Primary Care Provider before coming into a clinic.
Stay home when you are sick, especially if you have respiratory illness symptoms. Whether you have seasonal flu, the common cold, or something else, it’s important you stay away from others when sick.
Monitor yourself for fever, coughing and shortness of breath. For mild-to-moderate symptoms, use home monitoring and care. There are currently no antiviral medications and antibiotics are not useful for treating viral infections such as Coronavirus.

National Resources
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention regularly updates their website to reflect the national situation.
- Traveling? Refer to the CDC’s Resources for Travelers information.

County Resources
- Lane County Public Health is the local coordination point for COVID-19. Lane County Public Health is working closely with the Oregon Health Authority to monitor the COVID-19 situation. Learn more here.
Watch a Lane County Public Health nurse discuss some common questions and concerns about COVID-19. 

School Information
School districts are working closely with the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to respond as needed. Visit your school district’s website for any updates or to check rumors.
- 4J: https://www.4j.lane.edu/2020/03/coronavirus/
- Springfield: https://www.springfield.k12.or.us/coronavirus
- Bethel: http://www.bethel.k12.or.us/

State Resources
The Oregon Health Authority is the lead for state-level COVID-19 activity. Their website is loaded with helpful information, including updates of case numbers. Other helpful items you’ll find on the page are:
- Fact sheets in multiple languages
- Prevention tips in multiple languages
- How to protect yourself against COVID-19 watch this short video from the Oregon Health Authority

 

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