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
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.
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.
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
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
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