Your Primary Care Partners health providers know that you are concerned about the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our region, and want you to know that we are working closely with local, state, and federal public health agencies, as well as our own health care professionals, to ensure that we remain prepared as this situation evolves.
During this time, your health care needs may not always require a trip to the doctor's office. With our telehealth service, you'll have access to your board-certified physician for consultations, diagnosis, and treatment, without having to leave your home. All you need is a laptop or desktop computer capable of video chat, or a phone.
Please contact your primary care physician to initiate this option and to schedule your appointment.
What You Can Do to Keep You and Your Family Safe:
It is important to remember that there are everyday preventative actions you can take to help limit the spread of COVID-19.
(1) Practice Social Distancing:
- Avoid close contact (keep a distance of 6 feet) with people, especially those who are coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid unnecessary physical contact: greet others with a smile, not a hand shake.
- Avoid attendance at crowded events, and replace in-person gatherings with conference calls, or web-based video conference alternatives.
(2) Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer and rub for at least 20 seconds.
(3) Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
(4) Cover your cough and sneeze into a tissue.
(5) Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
(6) Wear a facemask if you are sick.
Know the Symptoms:
COVID-19 symptoms have ranged from mild to severe, and may appear 2-14 days after exposure. The most common symptons include:
(3) Shortness of Breath
What To Do If You Are Sick:
Most people who contract COVID-19 will experience mild symptoms and can self-manage from the comfort of their own homes.
- If you are mildly ill, you should restrict activties outside your home and manage your symptoms.
- If you are experiencing symptoms and think you have been exposed to COVID-19, call your healthcare provider for advice.
- If your symptoms are worsening, seek medical attention. Call your healthcare provider before you visit, so they can take proper precautions to limit the spread to others.
Access Credible Sources of Information:
With information regarding COVID-19 coming from every angle, it is critical you know where to obtain the most accurate and current information from credible sources.
- The New Jersey Department of Health has a 24-Hour Hotline at 1-800-222-1222, where trained healthcare professionals are standing by to answer questions about COVID-19.
- The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is also an excellent resources for the latest information.
(Click the links below)
- COVID-19 Resources at the CDC
- Statistics and Information from the New Jersey Department of Health
- COVID-19 FAQs and Message for Expectant Parents
- How to Take Your Oral Temperature
- Tips to Stay Healthy: A Video Message in American Sign Language from the New Jersey Department of Health
- Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Dashboard - Tracking Reported Cases
As always, our Primary Care Partners physicians and team members are dedicated to care for you and your family during this difficult time. We encourage you to contact your physician's office directly with questions or concerns.