Clinic Wide Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
If you have a fever or respiratory symptoms, such as a cough or difficulty breathing and/or have traveled to a high risk area within the past 14 days or had close contact with a person that a lab confirmed to be infected with the new coronavirus (COVID-19) please CALL your doctor’s office BEFORE coming in for your appointment.
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We know that with the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in Dubuque County many of you may be wondering if you should get tested. Please know that our office is doing everything we can to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We are following the guidelines provided by the Iowa Department of Public Health in conjunction with the CDC, for COVID-19 testing eligibility. If you are experiencing any respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills or fatigue please contact our respiratory clinic for guidance.
For questions regarding COVID-19, please contact the Iowa Department of Public Health. You can reach them directly at 2-1-1.
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How can you help prevent the spread of COVID-19?
To help prevent the spread of all viruses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends:
- Staying home if you are sick
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
- Covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze
- Thoroughly washing your hands 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
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoiding touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth
- Disinfecting surfaces and objects using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
Should I wear facemasks to prevent COVID-19?
The CDC does not recommend healthy people wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. You should only wear a mask if a health care professional recommends it. A facemask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms. This is to protect others from the risk of getting infected.