Nash UNC Health Care is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and both local and state health officials to monitor the outbreak of the respiratory disease coronavirus/COVID-19. The situation is evolving rapidly, so the best resource for the latest information is the CDC website. Here we will provide updated information as it relates to Nash UNC Health Care, our preparations as your community hospital, and resources for you to explore.
What do you do if you have symptoms of COVID-19?
Our priority is to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and ensure care for those who have severe symptoms and may need to be hospitalized. Most patients with coronavirus have mild to moderate symptoms and can manage their symptoms at home, indoors. People with coronavirus should isolate themselves from others in their home.
If you are sick, take actions to keep others well and reduce spreading the virus:
- Stay home from work, school, and other public places.
- Physically separate yourself from other people in your home.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
- Avoid sharing household items like towels, dishes, and utensils.
- Clean all high-touch surfaces like counter tops and handles, every day.
Call your doctor before visiting the office or an urgent care location. If you are having difficulty breathing, call 911 or seek immediate treatment.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Treatment
- Treatment for mild cases is to stay home and treat symptoms. About 80% of patients with COVID have mild to moderate disease, and can be managed at home.
- The importance of knowing if you test positive with COVID-19 is to stay home and to slow the spread, as the elderly and those with compromised immune systems are the most at risk.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Fever, cough or another respiratory symptom like congestion or shortness of breath and fatigue.
For those with mild symptoms who are not in the high-risk population, most doctors will tell you to stay at home and self-isolate. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the majority of people who are infected with COVID-19 will have cold symptoms.
What do I do if I think I might have COVID-19?
Call your primary care physician or an urgent care facility before you go in for an exam. Over the phone, your condition will be assessed.
What is the criteria to receive a COVID-19 test?
According to the CDC, a patient may meet criteria for a COVID-19 test if they:
- Have had close contact within the last 14 days with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and have a fever or respiratory symptom like cough or shortness of breath, or
- Have a negative flu test and fever and respiratory symptoms like cough or shortness of breath.
While there are strict criteria to qualify for a state COVID-19 test, primary care physicians can use commercial testing kits and labs can use clinical judgement on a case-by-case basis.
How long does it take to get test results?
How does COVID-19 spread?
The virus spreads mainly from person to person. People are thought to be most contagious when they are symptomatic with fever and cough.
People with no current symptoms but who have had contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should self-isolate and see if symptoms arise.
What if I do not have a primary care doctor?
Both Nash County Health Director Bill Hill and Edgecombe County Health Director Karen Lachapelle said anyone who has symptoms, does not have a primary care physician and needs help to determine how to get a test can call their offices.
What happens if my test is positive for COVID-19?
When someone tests positive, the physician will notify the county’s health department of the infection. Health department staff will contact the county residents who test positive and begin an investigation to try to find out where and when the person may have contracted the virus.
Patients will be given instructions on how to recuperate at home, stay isolated and when to call for additional medical care.
A very important part of testing is isolating yourself while waiting for results.
How can I avoid catching COVID-19?
Stay home. Avoid groups of 10 or more people or places where groups have gathered. Wash your hands frequently. Don’t touch your face. If you have to cough, cough into a disposable tissue.
As of right now, there is no vaccine or medicinal solution to prevent being infected with the virus.