COVID19 Message 3-18-2020

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COVID19 Message 3-18-2020

COVID-19 message to patients from Beaver Medical Group. Sent on MyChart 3-18-2020. 


The 2019 Novel Coronavirus is the cause of a respiratory disease known as COVID-19. Beaver Medical Group is continuously monitoring new information about this disease and we are following the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local public health agencies. We are committed to protecting your safety while maintaining the high-quality care.

Treatment for COVID-19 is likely to evolve as we learn more, but in the meantime it’s important to learn how to protect yourself and your family—and avoid the potential spread of the disease in our community.

Symptoms of COVID-19

Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath. Unlike the flu, COVID-19 generally does not cause sneezing or runny nose.

Staying healthy

The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick or who have recently traveled to places where others 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 that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. 
  • People age 65 and older and those with chronic conditions should isolate themselves at home.
  • If you have a non-urgent medical need or need a prescription refill, please message your doctor on MyChart or call your doctor’s office.
  • Learn more on protecting yourself at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html

If you feel sick

To avoid spreading respiratory illness to others, people with mild to moderate symptoms or known exposure to the virus should:

  • Stay home and avoid others. 
  • DO NOT go to the hospital, urgent care centers, or doctor offices unless your symptoms are severe enough to require hospitalization. Please call first for any special instructions to avoid further spread of infection.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a disposable tissue—and use a mask if available. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

 Learn more

As the situation evolves, we will keep you informed with updated information through MyChart.  In the meantime, please contact your primary care physician by phone if you are experiencing respiratory illness symptoms or to find out if testing for COVID-19 is warranted. After-hours you will reach the Nurse Advice Helpline. For up-to-date information about COVID-19, visit coronavirus.gov or beavermedicalgroup.com/COVID19