Joshua Healthcare’s Response to Covid 19
Joshua Healthcare’s Response to Covid-19 covers all the important aspects of health concerns and risks linked with Covid-19. Please call us for more information.
Here’s what we know
- On March 11, 2020, The World Health Organization has categorized COVID-19 as a pandemic — the global outbreak of a new infectious disease
- On March 13, 2020 U.S. President Donald Trump declared a national emergency, opening the door for more federal aid for states and local government
- It produces upper respiratory flu-like symptoms — fever, cough, shortness of breath
- It produces flu-like symptoms–fever, cough, shortness of breath
- It spreads easily from person-to-person via coughing or sneezing
- Older adults and people with chronic lung or heart conditions or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for serious complications
- There is currently no vaccine, and one isn’t expected for 12-18 months
*The World Health Organization has named the disease caused by the virus COVID-19: “CO” stands for corona, “VI” for virus, “D” stands for disease, and “19” for the year it emerged.
How to protect yourself
- People who are sneezing, wheezing, coughing–just avoid them
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (it’s longer than you think–try singing either “Happy Birthday” or the Pledge of Allegiance twice).
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) if soap and water are not available.
- Apply the “not above the shoulders” rule–avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Commonly used surfaces–clean them, often.
- You are at greater risk of getting the seasonal flu than this new virus–so get a flu shot.
- Upon arrival at JHC facilities, patients experiencing flu-like symptoms are being asked to wear a protective mask and enter only through the Emergicare Entrance.
- At all points of intake, JHC is adding screening questions for patients based on travel and exposure, per CDC guidelines.
Where to go for help
- If you are experiencing symptoms or believe you may be at risk for COVID-19, please call your doctor’s office before coming in.
COVID-19 and Pregnant Women and Children
There are currently no published scientific reports about the susceptibility of pregnant women to COVID-19. Pregnant women experience immunologic and physiologic changes which might make them more susceptible to viral respiratory infections, including COVID-19. Also, there is no evidence that children are more susceptible to COVID-19. In fact, most confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported from China have occurred in adults.
Screening, and training:
- As of early February, JHC has implemented its Pandemic Response Policy. This includes screening protocols established by CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention). care protocols, instructional signage for patients, screening questions for physicians.
- The enhanced screening processes have been implemented at all access points across the health network, including Heartland Urgent Care and Joshua Medical Centers Clinics.
- Consistent CDC recommended protocols have been implemented at all JHC facilities for the care of patients presenting to our clinics with suspected respiratory infectious disease, including the use of PPE (personal protective equipment) by all caregivers. Specimens are being collected according to recommended guidelines and sent to the Labcorp for COVID-19 testing.
- Signage has been placed at the entrances asking patients to put on a protective mask upon arrival if they are experiencing flu like symptoms.
- JHC staff are being trained or retrained in the use of personal protective equipment and are being communicated to routinely, in writing and directly through their supervisors, about the importance of following the enhanced patient screening and care protocols.
Frequently Asked Questions — check back often for our latest updates
Who is most susceptible to COVID-19?
Older adults and people who have severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease seem to be at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness. Early data suggest older people are twice as likely to have serious COVID-19 illness.
What are the symptoms of the Coronavirus, or COVID-19?
Symptoms appear 2-14 days after exposure, and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
What kind of doctor should I see to get tested?
Your primary care physician will be able to help you.
When should I see my doctor?
If you have symptoms of MILD fever, cough, sore throat, stay home and self quarantine. If symptoms become severe and include shortness of breath, contact us at Joshua.
How do I get tested?
Contact your doctor, health care provider, or local county health department. They will use CDC guidelines to determine if testing is warranted. At Joshua, we offer nasal swab testing only. This result is not always guaranteed in a timely manner or at all, as labs, nationally, are struggling to keep up with demand of testing.
Where can I get tested?
Contact your primary care physician for testing options. Testing is completed at the State Department of Health (DOH) and will be brought into facilities once tests are available.
When will a vaccine be available?
No vaccine is currently available. Estimates range between 6-18 months.
Is there a treatment?
There is no antiviral treatment for COVID-19. People people diagnosed with COVID-19 will be provided with care to help relieve symptoms.
Who is most susceptible to COVID-19?
The CDC has not yet identified any factors that would increase an individual’s risk of acquiring COVID-19. However, the very young and elderly, pregnant woman, or people with compromised immunity (i.e., recent surgeries, cancer, etc.) are at higher risk of complications if infected with COVID-19.
How do I schedule an appointment to get tested?
Note that testing is not guaranteed. Even with symptoms and exposure, testing is being reserved for only select populations due to limited test availability.
I’m sick – should I quarantine myself?
Yes, stay home when you are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean and disinfect all frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Can I go directly to an ER? Do I call first?
In case of emergency contact 911. It is recommended to call the ER or Urgent care facility so they can prepare for your arrival. Mild cases of COVID-19 are often treated symptomatically from home or through outpatient services instead of a visit to an acute care facility.
I am pregnant; should I still travel?
CDC recommends avoiding all non-critical travel.
I travel for work, when should I cancel it?
Contact your employer’s Human Resources department for guidelines. CDC recommends avoiding all non-critical travel.
Do I need to purchase face masks?
No, follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask. CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. However, the use of facemasks is crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
Are testing kits available in my local market? If not when will they be available?
At this time, testing is being reserved for select populations only due to limited availability.