Coronavirus Resource Center
What is COVID-19?
- COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus, is a new respiratory disease thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
- Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and can include fever, cough and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
- The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar in children and adults. However, children with confirmed COVID-19 have generally presented with mild symptoms, like a cold, including fever, runny nose and cough. Vomiting and diarrhea have also been reported. Based on available evidence, children do not appear to be at any higher risk or more susceptible to COVID-19 than adults. While some children and infants have been sick with COVID-19, infections in children are less common and adults make up most of the known cases to date.
What precautions should I be taking?
- Stay home when you feel sick and avoid close contact with others who are sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose or mouth, because this is where viruses can enter.
- Always cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw that tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects.
IF, you have one or more symptoms related to COVID-19, you should;
- Stay home and take care of yourself. Call your provider if you get worse.
Here are some Tips on how to prevent others in your household or community from becoming sick;
- Drink plenty of water and other clear liquids to prevent fluid loss (dehydration).
- Treat fever and cough with medicines you can buy at the store. Follow the directions on the label.
- Stay home except to get medical care – You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ridesharing, or taxis.
- Separate yourself from others in your home – As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.
- Wear a facemask, if possible – If you have cough, runny nose, or sneezing, wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and especially before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then people who live with you should not stay in the same room with you, or they should wear a facemask if they enter your room.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes – Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw used tissues in a lined trash can; immediately clean your hands.
- Clean your hands often – Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60 to 95% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid sharing personal household items – You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home. After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water.
- Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday – High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables. Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them. Use a household cleaning spray or wipe, according to the label instructions. Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.
- Monitor your symptoms – Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing). Put on a facemask before you enter the facility. These steps will help the healthcare provider’s office to keep other people in the office or waiting room from getting sick.
You can find more information about COVID19 on CDC’s website – www.cdc.gov/COVID19.
TRI AREA’S RESPONSES TO COVID-19
We have strong protocols in place and are following all guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure a safe environment.
Cloth Mask Requirements
- Children under the age of 2 are not required or recommended to wear a cloth mask, due to airway restrictions. All other patients MUST BE WEARING A CLOTH MASK upon entry.
Patient and Visitor Screening
Before arrival, patients are screened via telephone by staff who use a COVID-19 Screening Tool, from the CDC.
Upon arrival, every patient and visitor are screened outside of our primary lobbies and entrances.
Option for Televisit Appointments
Tri Area Community Health Centers are now offering Televisit Appointments
We are happy to let you know that our medical and behavioral health providers are available for video and telephone visits in addition to regular in-person appointments. We are excited to offer these new services, so people do not need to leave their homes to receive excellent care. Call today to make an appointment or request a new patient packet.
Points of entry into TACH buildings have been limited.
Cleaning and Sanitizing
Our staff has always and continue to deep clean throughout all our facilities and buildings.
For additional information and updates, please refer to local and state health departments Virginia Department of Health- Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) hub.