COVID-19 Coronovirus Response
What about the coronavirus (COVID-19)?
At Skyline Health the safety and well-being of our patients, our staff and our community is our number one priority. We want to share up-to-date information and helpful resources related to the coronavirus outbreak.
What is it?
The coronavirus is a newly discovered virus first identified in Wuhan, China. This virus can cause health issues ranging from the common cold to severe pneumonia. COVID-19, short for coronavirus disease 2019, is the name of the disease caused by the virus.
How does it spread?
This virus can spread from person to person, mostly between those who are in close contact (within 6 feet), through droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Common symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath.
What are the best steps for prevention?
To stop the spread of COVID-19, health experts say to:
- Stay home when you are sick. Avoid contact with sick people and stay home if you are sick.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw it away, followed by thorough handwashing.
- Wash hands often 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.
- Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.
Mild symptoms: The CDC and state health authorities recommend that you stay home until you feel well. If your symptoms worsen, and you have questions about your medical care, contact your primary care provider.
Severe symptoms: If you develop more severe symptoms, like shortness of breath, high fever, or changes in consciousness, we recommend you go to your nearest emergency room (please call ahead if possible) or call 911.
Guidance for higher risk individuals
The CDC has identified that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. This includes older people and people with serious chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease.
If you or your loved one are in one of these groups, in addition to the general disease prevention tips listed above, here are some additional precautions to take.
- Avoid crowded places where you may be in contact with sick people, such as malls, movie theaters, large gatherings, cruises, etc. Avoid hospitals or nursing homes unless you are there to receive medical care.
- Have a plan for what to do if you or your caregiver gets sick. Stay in touch with others by phone or email. You may need to ask for help from friends, family, neighbors, community health workers, etc., if you become sick.
- Pay attention for potential COVID-19 symptoms including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you think you are developing symptoms, call your doctor.
Who should be tested for COVID-19?
Your healthcare provider, following guidelines established from the Washington Department Health, will determine if you have signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and whether you should be tested.
Want more information?
- World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov
- Washington State Department of Health: doh.wa.gov
- Klickitat County Public Health: (509) 493-1558 or https://www.klickitatcounty.org/
The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington, or how the virus is spread, please call 1-800-525-0127. Phone lines are currently staffed from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m, seven days a week. Please note that this call center cannot access COVID-19 testing results. For testing inquiries or results, please contact your health care provider.