A: The elderly, people with weakened immune systems, and people with existing respiratory conditions like asthma or lung disease are at risk of having more complex complications if they were to contract COVID-19.
A: For healthy people, face masks aren’t recommended for protection from respiratory illnesses. Face masks help prevent further spread of infection from those who are sick to others around them. You should only wear a face mask if a healthcare provider recommends it. See this article for more information.
A: This is a new disease and the timeframe could change as more information becomes available. The reported incubation period is 1 to 14 days. People seem to be most contagious when they’re most symptomatic, although spread is possible without showing symptoms.
A: If you are at high risk because you’ve been in contact with someone who has the Coronavirus, I advise you to stay home and to call your doctor’s office or the health department for advice. Walking into a doctor’s office can spread the virus to other people.
A: Our top priority remains the health and well-being of our patients. We have implemented extra safety measures to prevent the spread of infectious disease inside our facilities, including additional screening for symptomatic patients and extensive cleaning procedures in our exam rooms, waiting areas, and hallways. If you have an upcoming appointment, there is currently no need to reschedule.
A: Patients who are suspected to have COVID-19 will receive a laboratory order to have the test at a drive through testing facility in the community. These orders are only given when medically necessary and is at the discretion of your healthcare provider.
A: Testing for COVID-19 is currently limited to those patients who meet medically necessary criteria. This criteria must be determined by your healthcare provider.
A: We do not recommend that individuals who have had no known contact with a person confirmed with infection or who have not traveled to locations identified by the CDC and are not symptomatic.