What you need to know about Coronavirus COVID-19

March 22, 2020

There are a lot of questions regarding coronavirus COVID-19, and we want to make sure our patients have the most current and accurate information.

Click here for guidelines on what to do if you have symptoms of cough, fever, new significant fatigue or shortness of breath.

Click here to see all of our patient education handouts on COVID-19.

If you are looking for the most current information about COVID-19, please click here for the Vermont Department of Health or the CDC websites. In an effort to reduce transmission of COVID-19, Thomas Chittenden Health Center is now doing telehealth visits, which allow the patient to remain in the comfort and safety of their own home while being evaluated by a provider during a video visit. Click here for more information on telehealth.

Please note that if you 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.

How can I help protect myself?

People can help protect themselves from respiratory illness with everyday preventive actions.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

What can I do if I am sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others?

  • 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.

Most people who get a cough and fever do not need to be seen by a Health Care Provider. However, if you develop significant breathing problems or shortness of breath, please call the office to speak to a nurse. She will help determine if you should have a telehealth consult with a provider or be seen in the Emergency Room.