CFHC COVID-19 Patient Education Information

In this connected world, healthcare providers are always aware of the possibility of new infections. In this situation we are preparing in a variety of ways:

  • CFHC leaders have been holding regular planning meetings

  • We are closely working with public health officials on a local, state, and national level

  • We are continuously working to keep our staff trained and educated

  • Currently, we have enough supplies and expect to get more

 

If you are worried that you have COVID-19, we recommend you seek care first by calling us. We can evaluate you and determine if you meet the CDC guidelines for testing based on symptoms, travel, and exposures.  If you do meet the criteria, you will be advised as to how to proceed with testing.

The Florida Department of Health also has set up a COVID-19 hotline. The phone number is 866-779-6121, or you can email

COVID-19@flhealth.gov, for questions or concerns.

Currently, we are testing in accordance with CDC guidelines. As this situation changes, we will change our testing procedures.

It’s important to keep in mind that the majority of COVID-19 cases are mild and only a small percentage of patients will require hospitalization. The majority of patients will be able to recover at home. Currently, care for COVID-19 patients is supportive as there are no medications available to treat this disease.

We encourage everyone to practice regular infection prevention techniques such as washing their hands frequently, avoiding touching their faces, cough etiquette, and staying home when they are sick.

 

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. In adults, emergency warning signs*:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

  • New confusion or inability to arouse

  • Bluish lips or face

For CDC information about COVID-19, click the links below:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/sick-with-2019-nCoV-fact-sheet.pdf