About Coronavirus (COVID-19)
PCHC is monitoring the spread of Coronavirus, also called COVID-19. We are here to provide the latest information and care.
How is PCHC preparing for COVID-19?
We are committed to following the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s precautions and screening guidelines and the Maine CDC. You can see all their recommendations by following these links.
PCHC currently does not have any confirmed or suspected cases at our practices. PCHC leadership is part of a multidisciplinary group of area health care leaders who are working together to develop community-wide strategies to be prepared, along with local, state and federal officials.
As of March 10, 2020, PCHC asks that you please do not visit our practices if:
- You have a fever, cough or shortness of breath
- If you have recently visited a travel restricted country or an area with community spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- South Korea
- If you’ve had contact with a person who has or is suspected to have Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Instead, contact your provider’s office to let them know before you come in. Most PCHC patients may dial (207) 404-8000. You may also email your provider’s office using PCHC’s eHealth patient portal. Your provider will best be able to coordinate your personalized care in this way. The health of our patients and our staff is most important to us at PCHC!
What is COVID-19
COVID-19 is a newly discovered coronavirus that causes respiratory illness that can spread from person-to-person.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Symptoms can be mild to severe respiratory illness, including fever, cough and shortness of breath. Some people, usually the elderly or immunocompromised, may have more severe complications, such as pneumonia.
Help prevent the spread of COVID-19
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. You can take basic precautions and practice good prevention practices, including:
- Avoid close contact with individuals who are sick or have flu-like symptoms.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneezewith your sleeve or a tissue. Then, discard the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently used objects and surfaces with a household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your handsoften 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. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
What about face masks?
Face masks should only 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).
Stay Informed about COVID-19
Here are some useful links from the CDC:
- 2019 Novel Coronavirus Home
- What You Need to Know About COVID-19: Fact Sheet
- What to Do If You Get Sick: Fact Sheet
For the most up-to-date information, please visit the CDC’s website.