Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparations and Information
Prime Healthcare would like to assure our communities that we remain vigilant
in the management of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The health
and safety of our patients, employees, and communities is always our top
priority. We are grateful to our physicians, nurses and staff members
for their dedication to quality patient care. Prime Healthcare’s
hospitals are closely monitoring and implementing Centers for Disease
Control (CDC) guidance while remaining in close contact with state and
local health departments.
If you are in need of urgent medical care, please don't be afraid to
seek care at a hospital. Additional safeguards are in place to keep you
safe throughout your visit. If you are experiencing
COVID-19 symptoms, including:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
About Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging
from the common cold to more severe respiratory illness. Patients with
Novel Coronavirus, have had mild to severe illness with fever, cough,
and shortness of breath, according to the
CDC. While there is no specific treatment for Coronavirus, most infected people
will recover on their own.
We have launched an online self-checker for the novel coronavirus in the
form of a bot nicknamed Robby. Robby walks users through symptoms and
then gives recommendations if medical care is needed. Robby is not intended
to be used for diagnosis or treatment purposes. Click the blue "Start
Self-Check Assessment" button to launch the self-checker:
Start Self-Check Assessment
Screening and Visitor Policies
Prime Healthcare hospitals and clinics have implemented additional screening
processes and have updated visitor policies to support social distancing.
Entry points may be limited to the ED and main entrance at most facilities.
Groups at Higher Risk for Severe Illness
Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical
conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. For
most people, COVID-19 symptoms are mild and go away on their own. But if you
have a weakened immune system, or have an underlying health condition, you have a higher risk of developing serious symptoms. It’s important
you take additional precautions such as practicing social distancing,
limiting outings to populated areas, and connecting with others by telephone
or using technology, instead of in-person when possible.
What You Can Do to Stay Healthy
According to the CDC, the best way to prevent illness is to do the following:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Alcohol
hand sanitizers are also effective.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick (except to get medical care). Keep sick children
home from school.
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow. If you use a tissue, wash
your hands afterward.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
additional guidance from the CDC or visit your local
health department website.
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