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 have shortness of breath or a cough that is not related to seasonal allergies (read more about allergy symptoms), call your doctor’s office. They can help you decide what to do.
If you are having extreme difficulty breathing, call 911 or seek immediate treatment.
Is it safe for me to visit medical facilities?
We’ve taken many steps to protect your health during a visit to any of our facilities, including our current visitor restrictions policy, use of masks and PPE (personal protective equipment), screenings prior to appointments, and much more.
Learn more about how we are keeping you safe in our facilities.
How to Care for Yourself at Home
Most patients with coronavirus have mild to moderate symptoms and can manage their symptoms at 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.
- Stay in touch with your doctor
When to Seek Medical Attention
If you have any of these emergency warning signs* for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
Call 911 if you have a medical emergency: Notify the operator that you have, or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a cloth face covering before medical help arrives.
For more tips on how to take care of yourself and others at home, visit the CDC's website.