Family HealthCare Network is closely monitoring updates on the spread of the coronavirus and following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control(CDC) and the California Department of Public Health(CDPH) regarding patient care and Infection control. This is a rapidly evolving situation. We are collaborating with Fresno County Department of Public Health, the Tulare County Department of Public Health, the Kings County of Public Health, and other emergency responders and health agencies.
What a patient can expect at their visit?
As a precaution, no visitor can accompany a patient at this time, unless for the following exceptions:
Only one visitor can accompany a patient who is 18 years of age or younger, 65 years of age or older, and/or disabled. No children are preferred, unless they have an appointment. All patients and visitors are also being screened at all locations with questions regarding their symptoms, potential exposure to COVID-19, and recent travel history within the last 14 days.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may pose at this time.
What is coronavirus and COVID-19?
Coronavirus is a family of viruses that cause respiratory illness — an infection of the airways and lungs. COVID-19 is a new disease caused by a strain of coronavirus. It’s part of the same family of coronavirus diseases that includes the common cold.
What are the symptoms?
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:
- Shortness of breath
How can I prevent the spread of coronavirus?
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your 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 at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.
What do I do if I think I may have been exposed or have symptoms of the coronavirus?
Call ahead to your healthcare professional if you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with an ongoing spread. Tell your healthcare professional about your recent travel or contact. Your healthcare professional will work with your state’s public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.
For more information on coronavirus COVID-19 visit the Center for Disease Control website.