Piedmont Healthcare: If you think you have been exposed to coronavirus, do this

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Here’s what Piedmont Healthcare is telling the public as of March 11 about what you should do about the coronavirus:

If you are concerned that you may have been exposed to Coronavirus and would like to be screened, call toll-free 1-866-460-1119, Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. If you meet the screening criteria, we will arrange for testing.

In addition, if you are limiting your exposure to the public or would like to reschedule your appointment for any other reason, we will be happy to do that and, if necessary, provide refills by request. If you have any other questions about your visit or scheduling a visit, contact us through MyChart or call your physician’s office directly.

If you have recently traveled to areas where there are ongoing outbreaks of COVID-19 and develop fever with cough or shortness of breath within 14 days of your travel, or if you have had contact with someone who is suspected to have COVID-19, please stay home and call toll-free 1-866-460-1119. This number is available Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

The CDC is now recommending that anyone who has traveled to a Level 3 country – even if they don’t have any symptoms – to self-isolate for 14 days. As of March 9, 2020, these countries include China, Iran, Italy and South Korea. Instructions for self-isolation are on the CDC website.

For the large majority of patients who may have flu-like symptoms, testing for Coronavirus is still not necessary. There are many reasons why someone may have fever, cough, shortness of breath. If you have severe symptoms that are getting worse, go to an emergency room and mask yourself as soon as you can.

As your healthcare provider, we are doing everything we can to ensure the safety of our patients, staff and visitors,” Piedmont Healthcare said on its website. “From the beginning of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, we’ve been working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other agencies to stay up to date with the latest information.

We all should be vigilant about the spread of germs – especially during cold and flu season. The best ways to protect yourself and those around you are to:

Practice Respiratory Etiquette: Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw it in the trash can. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your bent elbow.

Practice Hand Hygiene: Wash 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. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60% to 95% alcohol.

Take Environmental Health Action: Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces and objects like cellphones, keyboards and door knobs.

If you have not received a flu shot, while it won’t protect from COVID-19, it is your best protection for the flu. Thank you for choosing Piedmont as your healthcare provider. This situation is changing on an ongoing basis; we will continue to update you as new and pertinent information is available. We are doing all we can to keep you and everyone in our communities safe and healthy.

If you think you may have been exposed to coronavirus or are experiencing symptoms, please call 866-460-1119. — This information provided by Piedmont Healthcare