Coronavirus – What We’d Like You to Know

Keeping up with all the news about the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak in Oregon can be a challenge. The FAQ below will help you separate fact from fiction, and give you the simple solutions you need to reduce your risk of infection.

Knowing the facts can help us protect ourselves, our families and our community. Do your part by staying informed about COVID-19.

FAQ on COVID-19

The coronavirus spreads through droplets or direct contact with an infected person in these ways:

  • Coughing and sneezing
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your nose, mouth or eyes

The same steps you can take to protect yourself from flu and the common cold will also help to prevent coronavirus:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Try not to touch your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow. If you use a tissue, wash your hands afterwards.
  • Stay home when you are sick. Keep sick children home from school.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Practice “social distancing.” That means staying home as much as possible.

The coronavirus does not spread through the air. Wearing a mask if you are healthy will not help prevent getting infected.

OHA and CDC both came out with new guidance on this yesterday—please look on their websites. One thing they felt it’s important to emphasize while discussing the topic is that everyone should reserve medical/surgical masks for health care workers, and that wearing masks (homemade or otherwise) does NOT substitute for all of the other precautions (hand hygiene, stay at home, physical distancing, etc).

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html

https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2288K.pdf

The main symptoms include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus.

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Some people are at higher risk for getting very sick from this illness. They include:

  • Older adults (age 60 and above)
  • People with a serious health condition, including heart and lung problems, diabetes, kidney disease, or a suppressed immune system.

If you are at higher risk of getting very sick from coronavirus, you should follow the everyday precautions described above and stay home as much as possible. You can also find detailed advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention here.

If you or someone in your family is sick and has any of these symptoms, please call us at 503-489-1760 before coming into the clinic. We will talk with you and help you determine the best course of action.

For now, Wallace does not have the ability to test for the coronavirus. If you are concerned about your symptoms, please call us at Tel: 503.489.1760.

You can set up a telemedicine visit (by video or phone) with your care provider. While we can’t give you a shot or do procedures remotely, many of your health needs can be addressed with a telemedicine visit. If your provider then decides that you should have an in-person appointment, that will be arranged.

We can help you to schedule a medical, behavioral health, and even a dental tele-visit. Please call us at 503-489-1760 to find out more and schedule your appointment.

We are also providing insurance enrollment assistance through phone appointments, as well as assistance finding helpful community resources of all kinds (food, prescription delivery, transportation, energy and rent and more).

Seeking medical care related to COVID-19 (prevention, testing or treatment) will not make you subject to a public charge test or negatively affect your immigration status, because:

  • The public charge rule does not apply to most immigrants. For example, refugees, persons without documentation, persons who already have Legal Permanent Residency, and victims of trafficking will never be subject to a public charge test.
  • Even if you are someone who might possibly be subject to a public charge test, using your Medicaid coverage for services related to COVID-19 will not count against you.
  • Similarly, “Emergency Medicaid”/CAWEM will never be considered in a public charge test.
  • Sliding fee discounts at a health center will never be considered in a public charge test.
  • Learn more here.

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