COVID-19

Know How it Spreads

COVID 10 (Coronavirus) 

What is the coronavirus and COVID-19?

Coronaviruses were first identified in the 1950s and generally cause mild upper respiratory illness characterized by cough, fever, and/or body aches. This is very similar to most viral illnesses including flu and the common cold.

The current situation involves a new, or “novel,” coronavirus and the illness it causes is called COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019). Because this virus is new, testing has been limited; there are no vaccines and no medicines designed specifically to treat it.

What are the symptoms caused by coronavirus?

Fever, symptoms of lower respiratory illness (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) and body aches are the most common symptoms. Because it is still cold and flu season and allergy season is starting, Your Care will is continuing to see patients with these symptoms. 

Can the coronavirus be treated?

Since it is a virus, the coronavirus cannot be treated with antibiotics. Mild infections are treated in the same way as the common cold or flu with medications to relieve the symptoms of cough, congestion, and fever.

What should I do if I am experiencing symptoms?

If you are in respiratory distress, call 911. If you have a fever, cough, and other symptoms of respiratory infection, call Your Care at 541-548-2899 and if you come to the clinic please immediately notify the staff of your possible illness upon arrival. We will ask you to wear a mask and limit exposure to others. 

To protect everyone, we are routing patients with symptoms back to their car to wait for an available provider and treatment room. 

Can I come in and be tested for coronavirus?

Your Care is following the guidelines set forth by St. Charles Medical Center.  In general, people being tested are as follows:

  • 60 years or older

  • Fever of 100.4 or greater

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath

And one of the following:

  • 60 years or older

  • Immunosuppressed

  • A chronic disease of one of the following:

    • Heart conditions

    • Pulmonary conditions

    • Diabetes

If you are experiencing mild cold or flu-like symptoms and would like to be tested for peace of mind, we understand your concerns, but due to extremely limited demand, we cannot test you.

If your symptoms worsen to include a fever of 100.4 or higher or shortness of breath/difficulty breathing and body aches, call Your Care for evaluation and treatment.

Your Care will be offering telemedicine visits soon!

Your Care is Working to Keep our Patients and Employees Safe.

We continue to order necessary PPE using only when necessary. Your Care is adhering to OHA guidelines to limit the spread of the virus including how we isolate patients with symptoms and how we disinfect rooms between patients.

Where can I get more information?

Call 2-1-1 for information from the Oregon Health Authority or go to their site here:

https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19

 

CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention):

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

 

Know How it Spreads

 

  • 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.

  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).

    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Take steps to protect yourself

 

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

 

Avoid close contact

Take steps to protect others

 

Stay home if you’re sick

 

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

  • Throw used tissues in the trash.

  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

 

Wear a facemask if you are sick

  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.

  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

 

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

To disinfect:
The most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.

Options include: 

  • Diluting your household bleach.
    To make a bleach solution, mix:

    • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
      OR

    • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.

  • Alcohol solutions.
    Ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol.

  • Other common EPA-registered household disinfectants. 
    Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens pdf icon[7 pages]external icon claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.)

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3818 SW 21st St, Suite 100
Redmond, OR 97756

541-548-2899

Fax: 541-504-3781​​

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At Your Care Urgent Care in Redmond, Oregon you will find physicians’ and staff’s dedication to providing the most competent and compassionate urgent care and medical care with labs, physicals, COVID-19 info, flu shots, Hepatitis B vaccinations, digital X-rays, allergy treatment, stitches, broken bones, strains and sprain treatment, cold symptoms, eye and ear problems, pediatric urgent care, upper respiratory infections, injuries, and minor burns. We also offer full Occupational Medicine services Work Comp management, DOT, FAA, employment and sports physicals, and walk-in medical care and on-site in our Redmond location.

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