If you have a cough, fever, significant new fatigue or shortness of breath, please do not come to any CHCB location without reading this first!
A state of emergency was declared for Vermont on Friday, March 13th, in response to the ongoing spread of novel coronavirus COVID-19. As noted on our homepage, we have made some access adjustments according to CDC guidelines. You can read more about the reasoning behind this here. In short, primary care practices like CHCB are asking that patients review the following information to guide them in making informed, responsible decisions concerning their health care.
The following are considered at-risk categories:
- Healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19
- Persons having had close contact with someone with COVID-19
- Travelers from affected countries with widespread sustained transmission (currently Europe, China, Iran and South Korea as of 3/14/2020, see current list here).
- Those whose age is greater than or equal to 60
- Those who have lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease or are otherwise immunocompromised
If you have symptoms of cough, fever, significant new fatigue or shortness of breath and you fall into any of the above at-risk categories:
- If you feel that you absolutely need to be seen, please go to the Emergency Room.
- If you feel that you do not need to be seen at the Emergency Room, please call your specific CHCB location and speak to a nurse or provider.
If you have symptoms of cough, fever, significant new fatigue or shortness of breath and you do not fall into any of the above at-risk categories:
- If you feel that you can manage at home, please remain at home and call us as needed.
- If you feel that you need to be seen, please call your specific CHCB location and speak to a nurse or provider.
If you have been told that you should self-quarantine because of travel or a potential exposure, you should not be seen in our office for any reason, even if you do not have any symptoms. A healthcare provider has to first confirm that you need testing and arrange for you to get testing. Note that there is no widely available screening test or treatment for coronavirus COVID-19, and we want to make our clinical decisions based on patients presenting with severe symptoms.
Practice social distancing as best you can, and continue to take action to help prevent the spread of respiratory illness by following the below guidelines. This will help “flatten the curve” as illustrated in the above graph. Please also help keep our staff safe if you are able to donate any of the items on our list of current needs.
Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.
Avoid close contact with people.
Stay home when you’re sick, especially with a fever, except when advised to get medical care. At this time, it is best to stay home as much as you can even if you feel well.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Rest assured that Vermont Emergency Management and the Health Department are working to ensure state agencies and communities, schools, businesses around the state are prepared to minimize potential disruptions. You can find up-to-date information via the Vermont Department of Health at healthvermont.gov/covid19. Their translated materials specific to COVID-19 can be found here: Arabic | Burmese | Chinese | English | French | Kirundi | Nepali | Somali | Spanish | Swahili | Vietnamese
Additionally, UVM Medical Center has a page of translated COVID-19 guidance, and community members have also created a YouTube channel of COVID-19 information in different languages.