CVRMC has provided these guidelines for those experiencing severe symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath:
**************************1 Call your primary care physician first before going into their office. Contact information included with the link above. 2 They will instruct you on the protocol they have set up for your visit. Many are seeing patients with sniffles, fever etc during a set time and asking them to stay in their car until their appointment. Call first. See list of physicians and phone numbers above. 3 If you are having severe symptoms and do need to come to the ER, you must call ahead first to 928-425-1026, and staff will give you instructions to follow.
What to know about Getting a test for Corona Virus:
- The Arizona State Public Health Laboratory has devised a testing matrix that physicians are using as a guide. Sometimes this is called “screening” or “meeting criteria” for testing. You will be asked about your travel history 14 days prior to the onset of your symptoms, your exposure to anyone with a CONFIRMED case of Coronavirus, health history, and other questions. The physician will check for fever, signs/symptoms of lower respiratory illness and other lung conditions.
- If the physician determines that you “meet criteria,” the Coronavirus test will be administered. This will be done through a nasal swab (nasopharyngeal swab).
- The test will be sent to a state or commercial lab where it will take 4 – 5 days to get the result.
- You will be asked to stay quarantined (home isolation) until results are back.
- If the test comes back positive, you will be quarantined for 14 days.
What to know about treatment for Covid-19
- There is no medication to treat COVID-19. It is a viral infection and has to run its course. Stay in bed, get enough rest, drink plenty of water, etc.
- People that are hospitalized due to extreme, severe symptoms have to receive special respiratory care during the illness.
- People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to recover at home. Do not leave, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas. We need to be aware of those who could become seriously ill if exposed to the virus: The elderly and those with compromised immune systems, for example.
- Please follow the instruction provided by the Gila County Health and Emergency Management Department on Pages 2 and 3.
Taking Precautions to protect yourself and others
- WASH YOUR HANDS frequently for at least 20 seconds.
- Cough/sneeze with your mouth tightly nestled into your elbow or into a tissue tightly around your mouth. Wash or sanitize your hands after each event.
- Refrain from touching the “T Zone” of your face — eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces often.
- Avoid shaking hands or other close contact greetings.
- Whenever possible, keep a safe distance from others, 6 – 10 feet.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Coronavirus Disease spreads through close personal contact with a sick person.
- Symptoms may show up 2-14 days after contact with an infected individual.