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Questions About COVID-19
Common questions from patients

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What can I do to protect myself from getting COVID-19?
  • Get vaccinated
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.
  • Wear a mask with the best fit, protection, and comfort for you, regardless of your vaccination status.
  • Avoid those who are sick, when possible.
  • If you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth or nose with a tissue or your bent elbow, then immediately wash your hands.
  • Avoid crowds and stay 6 feet away from people when in crowded public spaces.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Most patients with COVID-19 have mild to severe symptoms that can include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and a loss of smell and/or taste. Here’s a full list of symptoms.

What should I do if I have COVID-19 symptoms?

If you have symptoms, get tested. If your test results are positive, stay home, except to get medical care, so you don’t infect others. If you are at risk for serious illness, contact your clinic as soon as possible. 

Should I wear a mask? Should my child?

Masks or face coverings that cover your nose and mouth are required for anyone entering our hospital and clinics. We will provide a mask, if needed. Children under the age of two should not wear a mask. 

I have symptoms. Should I go to the Emergency Room?

If you are having a medical emergency, call 911. Our emergency room is open and safe for anyone seeking emergency care.

If you have mild respiratory symptoms and suspect you have COVID-19, please call you primary care clinic first. Older adults, and those with serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease, should seek care early when experiencing respiratory symptoms.