What you need to know about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Jamestown Family Health Clinic is closely following the latest developments with coronavirus. We remain in constant contact with Clallam County public health officials and are implementing their recommendations as we learn more about this disease. The safety of our patients, local communities, employees, and providers remains our highest priority and we are taking steps to limit the spread of the virus and provide continuation of care for our patients. We will continue to provide updates on this page as more information becomes available.
Information about coronavirus
Coronavirus disease 2019 (abbreviated to COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. COVID-19 is now spreading in the United States. It can spread through close contact with someone who is already infected. Learn more about how coronavirus is spread on the CDC website.
Help prevent the spread of the virus – Stay Home, Stay Healthy
Certain behavior changes can help prevent the spread of coronavirus in our communities. Washington State has instituted the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order This order puts into place prohibitions on gatherings, and strictly limits people leaving their home except for essential activities. Specific details regarding the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” can be found on the Washington State Department of Health website.
Here are a few additional actions you can take to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- CDC has recommended cloth masks when out in public and unable to maintain proper distancing from others. CDC masking recommendations
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Click here For most up to date CDC symptom guidelines
What should I do if I am experiencing symptoms of coronavirus?
If you believe you have symptoms of COVID-19, follow the steps below to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home or community:
- Stay home, except to get medical care. Restrict activities outside your home, avoid visiting public places, and do not take public transportation, ride shares, or taxis.
- Call us 360-683-5900 if you have concerns about your symptoms. Our Nurses are available by phone to assess your symptoms and provide guidance for at home care or next steps.
- If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that you have been, or are being, evaluated for COVID-19. If possible, put on a face mask before emergency medical services arrive.
- If you are sick with a fever and/or cough, wearing a face mask when you are around people will reduce spreading droplets and may reduce the spreading of infection.
Testing for coronavirus
Our healthcare providers are working with local health officials on coronavirus testing.Criteria for COVID-19 testing is continuously evolving.
- Click here for The Clallam County Department of Health most up to date testing criteria
How is the clinic preparing to see patients with possible coronavirus?
JFHC is maintaining a separate entrance and treatment areas for those with symptoms concerning for COVID-19.
All individuals entering the clinic are administered screening questions and have a temperature check prior to admittance. All visitors are asked to wear a mask to reduce risk to others.
With great success, we have implemented a drive-through INR/Anticoagualtion clinic for patients to remain in their cars while still receiving the critical monitoring they require.
In order to meet the care needs of our patients JFHC is offering Tele-Medicine visits, which allows you to see your provider without coming to the clinic.
Where can I get more information about coronavirus?
We will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available. You can also find the latest information: