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COVID-19

Corrie Ramige | March 17th, 2020

What is COVID-19? COVID-19 is the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that emerged in December 2019. The virus spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. Some people who are infected may not have symptoms. For people who have symptoms, illness can range from mild to severe. Adults 65 years and older and people of any age with underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for severe illness. It is diagnosed with a laboratory test.

 

What are the symptoms of COVID-19? People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

 

What should I do if I’ve been exposed to COVID-19? Quarantine and stay away from others when you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.

 

What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19? Isolate when you are sick or when you have COVID-19, even if you don’t have symptoms.

 

What can I do to stay healthy and help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus? There are some basic steps you can take to stay healthy and reduce your chance of severe illness from COVID-19:

  • Get vaccinated and boosted
  • Wash your hands
  • Wear a mask
  • Maintain social distance
  • Stay home when you are sick

For more information about the virus and what you can do to stay healthy and protect others, go to the CDC’s Website.


COVID-19 Testing Information:

Who should get tested for COVID-19? The following people should get tested for COVID-19:

  • People who have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • People who have come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 should be tested to check for infection at least 5 days after they last had close contact with someone with COVID-19. The date of the last close contact is considered day 0.
  • People who are not up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines who are prioritized for expanded community screening for COVID-19.
  • People regardless of vaccination status who have been asked or referred to get testing by their school, workplace, healthcare provider, state, tribal, local or territorial health department.

 

Where can I get tested for COVID-19? If you do not need to be seen by a health care provider, testing options such as TestIowa, COVIDtests.gov, or at-home kits that can be purchased from pharmacies or big chain retailers (Wal-Mart, Target, HyVee, etc.) may be an option for you. Some pharmacies may also offer testing services. Waverly Health Center does not offer travel testing at this time.

If you want to be seen by a doctor, please contact your health care provider to schedule an appointment. Be sure to tell then you think you may have COVID-19. If you need to be seen more quickly and your symptoms are not severe, the Walk-In Clinic or an urgent care clinic may be an option. If you have severe symptoms, go to the emergency department.

 

What types of tests are available for COVID-19?

  • Antigen testing – Antigen tests detect specific proteins on the surface of the coronavirus. They are sometimes referred to as rapid diagnostic tests because it can take less than an hour to get the test results. This is the testing that can be collected and resulted at home.
  • PCR testing – PCR tests determine if you are infected with the coronavirus by looking for genetic material from the virus. These tests take longer to get results, but are more sensitive than antigen tests. This testing can be collected at home, but must be sent to a lab for results.

 

What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19? Isolate when you are sick or when you have COVID-19, even if you don’t have symptoms.


COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

Who should get the COVID-19 vaccine? Vaccination is now recommended for everyone ages 5 years and older. For more information, go to the CDC Webpage on vaccination.

 

Where can I get the COVID-19 vaccine? Waverly Health Center offers COVID-19 vaccinations in our family practice clinics and our Center Pharmacy.  Schedule an appointment at one of the following locations:

  • Christophel Clinic, Waverly, (319) 483-1390
  • Shell Rock Clinic, Shell Rock, (319) 885-6530
  • Janesville Clinic, Janesville, (319) 987-2361
  • Nashua Clinic, Nashua, (641) 435-4133
  • Center Pharmacy, Waverly, (319) 483-4100

 

Where can I find information about the COVID-19 vaccines? For reliable, accurate answers to your questions regarding COVID vaccine reactions, contraindications, etc., please go to the CDC website Key Things to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines. In addition to using a reputable source such as the CDC, your health care provider is a great resource to talk to for answers to your questions.


WHC visitor policy during the COVID-19 pandemic:

Due to the low spread of COVID-19 in our local communities, we are returning to patient-directed visitation for most of our services. Two visitors will continue to be allowed in the medical surgical floor (inpatient), emergency department, outpatient surgery and Birthing Center.

All patient visitors must be healthy and are screened for signs and symptoms of illness, or known exposure to the COVID-19 virus upon entry into the facility. For the safety of patients, staff and other visitors, individuals with symptoms of illness such as fever greater than 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit, cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, fatigue, chills, vomiting, or diarrhea must postpone their visits until their symptoms are gone.

Patients diagnosed with, or under suspicion for COVID-19, may have two visitors. These designated visitors will be the same for the entire length of stay for the patient and will be allowed to visit up to two consecutive hours per day. The visitors are expected to wash or sanitize their hands before entering the patient room and after leaving the patient room. The visitors will be shown how to properly don and doff the appropriate PPE by the patient’s nurse. When visiting, the visitor is expected to wear the appropriate PPE the entire time they are in the room with the patient. The visitors will not be allowed in the patient room during any aerosolizing treatments.

Exceptions may be made in certain situations and can be discussed with the patient’s attending physician or licensed practitioner and the patient care team.

Waverly Health Center staff have the authority to request individuals on the premises who do not meet restriction criteria or are not following this policy to leave the premises.

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