In response to the global outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), I want to share some basic information and resources on how you and your family can stay healthy and up to date on response to COVID-19.
For confirmed COVID-19 cases, patients have exhibited mild to severe symptoms, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Call your doctor if you have developed symptoms or if you have had close contact with a person known to have COVID-19.
COVID-19 Hotlines for those experiencing symptoms:
Riverside University Health Systems: 1-800-945-6171
Riverside Community Hospital: 951-788-3000, press *
Kaiser Permanente: 1-833-574-2273.
Parkview Hospital: 1-877-PPG-TODAY (877-774-86329)
Borrego Health Clinics: 760-477-0802
Those living within 50 miles of Riverside can now screen symptoms and risk factors online and, if eligible, participate in testing at the Diamond Stadium in Lake Elsinore, which has been designated as a Community-Based Testing Site (CBTS). CBTS are California state directed, and federally supported testing centers.
If you are experiencing symptoms and believe that you may have contracted COVID-19, please visit projectbaseline.com/study/covid-19.
People must be screened as high risk to make an appointment. The Lake Elsinore site is unable to take walk-ins. You may still call 800-945-6171 to make an appointment over the phone for the Lake Elsinore testing site, but everyone will soon be directed to the website for all appointments. All appointments for the drive-up testing site in the Coachella Valley can continue to be made over the phone by calling 800-945-6171.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. According to the CDC, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The 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.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
- 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.
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