COVID-19 and Care Options from SCL Health
SCL Health is committed to the health and safety of their patients. Below is the latest information about COVID-19 and some reminders about protecting your health.
It appears that the majority of individuals infected show no to mild signs of the virus. The vast majority of individuals with coronavirus will not need to visit their doctor.
As anticipated, the virus appears to be more severe in the elderly, the frail and those with underlying chronic medical conditions.
We know that coronavirus is spread through direct contact with droplets from someone who has the virus. Droplets can be spread through a cough or a sneeze.
If you think you have the virus take these steps:
- Evaluate your symptoms. Common symptoms are fever, cough, muscle aches, shortness of breath, and feeling tired. Some people have no or very mild symptoms, and others feel very ill.
- If you are younger than 65, are otherwise healthy, and have very mild symptoms, please stay home and avoid others. Be sure to get enough rest and enough fluids.
- If you are older than 65, if you have other problems like diabetes or asthma or heart disease, or if your symptoms are severe, please call your doctor.
- You should also call if at any time your symptoms are worsening.
- Call your doctor if you have symptoms and have been in close contact with someone who is known to have COVID-19 OR you have recently traveled from an area with ongoing community spread of COVID-19. Check the CDC for the latest list of areas.
- If your symptoms are severe, seek emergency care or call 911. Call the Emergency Room in advance or tell the 911 dispatch operator that you think may have been exposed to COVID-19 and describe the symptoms you are experiencing.
- Your doctor must provide an order for COVID-19 testing. Please refer to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment or the Montana Department of Health and Human Services for testing instructions by state.
Prevention is our Best Defense
- Avoid people who are sick.
- Avoid crowds if possible.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- 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.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
The health of our patients, providers and associates is our top priority. We continue to work closely with the CDC, federal, state and local agencies on the most up-to-date recommendations and guidelines.
For more information visit SCLHealth.org.