About COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
About Coronavirus (COVID-19)
We are closely monitoring the international spread of Coronavirus, also called COVID-19. We are here to provide the information and care you need, and want to ensure our community stays safe and healthy
What is Coronavirus?
COVID-19 is a newly discovered coronavirus that causes respiratory illness that can spread from person-to-person. It was first identified during an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
How are you preparing for COVID-19?
We are committed to following the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s precautions and screening guidelines to care for our residents and visitors. We currently do not have any confirmed or suspected cases at our organization. We are a part of a multidisciplinary, systemwide task force across Covenant Health-member organizations that is carefully monitoring this situation and developing strategies to be prepared, along with local, state and federal officials.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Individuals with COVID-19 may have mild to severe respiratory illness, including symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, and new loss of taste or smell. Other less common symptoms include vomiting and diarrhea. Some people, usually the elderly or immunocompromised, may experience more severe complications, such as pneumonia.
What can I do to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
You can take basic precautions and practice good prevention practices, including:
- If you feel sick, stay home and avoid travel.
- Avoid close contact with individuals who are sick or have flu-like symptoms.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with your sleeve or a tissue. Then, discard the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently used objects and surfaces with a household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Do I need a face mask?
Face masks should be used in social settings and when in public. Cloth face coverings should:
- fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- be secured with ties or ear loops
- include multiple layers of fabric
- allow for breathing without restriction
- be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
The use of face masks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility). Please do not hoard medical-grade face masks.
Is there treatment for COVID-19?
Currently, there is no specific treatment or vaccine for COVID-19.
What should I do if I think I am sick with COVID-19?
First, avoid visiting our residents and public places. If you’ve traveled recently to an impacted area or if you think you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider immediately.
Where can I get more information about COVID-19?
Here are some useful links from the CDC that we have curated to help answer your most common questions:
- 2019 Novel Coronavirus Home
- What You Need to Know About COVID-19: Fact Sheet
- What to Do If You Get Sick: Fact Sheet
For the most up-to-date information, please visit the CDC’s website.