Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus COVID-19

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Family Health Centers of San Diego is now offering outdoor COVID-19 testing at our clinics.

All FHCSD patients (18 years or older) are invited to one of the following outdoor COVID-19 testing locations. A health care provider will review your symptoms and administer a painless nasal swab test at testing stations outside of the clinic.

Please leave your children with a caregiver if possible, as they are not allowed in the testing area.
DatesTimesTesting Location
Starting Monday, May 4, 2020
Monday – Friday | 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.Chula Vista Family Health Center
Starting Monday, May 11, 2020Monday – Friday | 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.El Cajon Family Health Center
Starting Monday, May 11, 2020Monday – Friday | 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.Logan Heights Family Health Center
Starting Monday, May 18, 2020Monday – Friday | 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.Grossmont Spring Valley Family Health Center
Starting Tuesday, May 26, 2020

(Closed Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day)
Monday – Friday | 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.City Heights Family Health Center
Starting Monday, June 1, 2020Monday – Friday | 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.National City Family Health Center
Monday, June 8 – Friday, June 12, 20208:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.Lemon Grove Family Health Center

Walk-ups welcome. Please arrive early as testing supplies are limited.
For more information about testing, click here.


Coronaviruses are respiratory viruses named for the crown-like spikes on the surface of the virus.

These range from viruses that cause the common cold to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). The latest coronavirus is called the coronavirus (COVID-19).


Spreads through close personal contact with someone sick or exposed.

Close contact is defined as being within approximately six feet of another person.

Coronavirus COVID-19


Symptoms

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

Call your health care provider if you have symptoms and a fever higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.

Coronavirus COVID-19


Prevention

  • Wash your hands frequently with warm soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if you are unable to wash your hands.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Avoid close contact (about six feet) with other people.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are touched daily, such as keyboards, doorknobs, tables, remotes or light switches. You can disinfect using diluted bleach, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol and some common household disinfectants (please check the label).

If you feel you are sick, you should:

  • Stay home to limit the spread.
  • Cough into a tissue or your elbow.
  • Wear a face mask in public spaces.
  • Call your health care provider if you have a fever higher than 100.4 degrees.
You should notify your provider before arriving at the clinic, if possible. This will help ensure staff make the most appropriate disease control preparations.

Coronavirus COVID-19

General Facts

Q How do I know if I have the coronavirus (COVID-19)?

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The CDC is making available a test specifically to determine whether patients have the coronavirus (COVID-19). General testing by your health care provider will not identify the novel strain.

Symptoms of the coronavirus (COVID-19) may appear in as few as two days, or in as many as 14 days after exposure. Symptoms can include: fever, cough and shortness of breath. Call your health care provider if you have these symptoms.

Unless your symptoms are severe, call your health care provider first, rather than showing up in the office or Emergency Room. When you call or visit, be sure to note your symptoms.

Q If I get the coronavirus (COVID-19), will I die?

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Not likely, based on what we know now. The people most likely to get seriously ill from this virus are people over 60 and those with pre-existing health conditions. Currently it is estimated that for every 100 cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19), between two and four people would die. This is very different from severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), where nearly 10 in 100 sick people died from the illness.

Q I see people wearing masks, should I be doing that?

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Yes. Health officials in the U.S. now recommend the use of a cloth face covering when you have to leave the house. However, this is not a replacement for washing your hands with warm soap and water for at least 20 seconds and not touching your eyes, nose or mouth to help prevent the spread of the virus.

A cloth face covering covers the nose and mouth and can be made from a variety of materials, including items around your house like t-shirts or towels. You can find instructions on how to make your own mask here. Make sure to wash your mask daily, and leave the medical-grade disposable masks to the doctors and nurses helping sick patients.

Q How can I protect myself if I am over the age of 60?

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If you are over the age of 60, stay home as much as possible, avoid crowds and non-essential travel.

To prevent the coronavirus (COVID-19), you should:

  • Wash your hands frequently with warm soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if you are unable to wash your hands.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Avoid close contact (about six feet) with other people.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are touched daily, such as keyboards, doorknobs, tables, remotes or light switches. You can disinfect using diluted bleach, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol and some common household disinfectants (please check the label).

To prepare for staying at home, you should also:

  • Contact your health care provider to ask about getting extra necessary medications.
  • Consider mail-order for medications if you cannot get extra.
  • Make sure you have over-the-counter medicines and tissues at home.
  • Have your groceries delivered or brought to your home by family or friends.

Q How can I protect myself if I am pregnant?

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Since there is no vaccine or medication, the best way to prevent the coronavirus (COVID-19) is to avoid being exposed to it.

You can protect yourself the following ways:

  • Wash your hands frequently with warm soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if you are unable to wash your hands.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Avoid close contact (about six feet) with other people.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are touched daily, such as keyboards, doorknobs, tables, remotes or light switches. You can disinfect using diluted bleach, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol and some common household disinfectants (please check the label).

If you feel you are sick, you should:

  • Stay home to limit the spread.
  • Cough into a tissue or your elbow.
  • Wear a face mask in public spaces.
  • If you have a fever higher than 100.4 degrees, go to the emergency room.

If you feel you are sick, and you go into labor, you should notify your provider before arriving at the hospital if possible. This will help ensure staff make the most appropriate disease control preparations and support a safe, healthy delivery for you and your baby.

Q What precautions has FHCSD taken to keep patients healthy?

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  • Clinics have increased sanitization practices.
  • Patients are pre-screened for COVID-19 symptoms before entering the clinic.
  • No patients will be turned away, regardless of symptoms.
  • FHCSD is now offering telehealth appointments.
  • Mental health and substance use counseling are available through telehealth visits.
  • COVID-19 testing is being completed at FHCSD.

For more information, view our full safety measures.

Do's and Don'ts:

Do:

Stay home

Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

If soap and water aren’t available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer

Contact your doctor if you are feeling sick

Don’t:

Shake hands

Touch your face

Stockpile masks or gloves

For the most current updates:

Please visit the CDC or San Diego County websites or text COSD COVID19 to 468-311 to get text alerts from the County.

If you would like to speak to your provider, call (619) 515-2300.

Resources:

Please continue to check back as this section will be updated as we receive additional information. 
Source: Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology

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