COVID-19 - Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center
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COVID-19

COVID-19 Resources

See below for answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19:

Mental Health Resources

Help is just a phone call away:

+ Yellowhawk Behavioral Health: 541.240.8670

+ Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1.800.273.TALK (8255)

+ Lifeways: 1.866.343.4473

+ Problem Gambling: 1.877.MYLIMIT

+ SAMHSA Disaster Distress Line:1.800.985.5990

+ Oregon Alcohol & Drug Helpline: 1.800.923.4357

+ Crisis Text Line: 741-741

+ Lifeways: 1.866.343.4473

Chemical Dependency Resources

Online Resources:

 

+ Smart Recovery: smartrecovery.org

+ Addiction Recovery Guide: addictionrecoveryguide.org

+ NA Recovery: na-recovery.org

+ AA Chats: aachats.org

+ Healthful Chat: healthfulchat.org/drugs-and-alcohol-chat-room.html

+ Sober Courage: sobercourage.com/support-online

+ Addiction Recovery Guide: addictionrecoveryguide.org

 

Help locating AA/AN meetings:

 

+ Locations of local meetings in our area: www.district3aa.org

+ Resources to talk with and access for information: www.na.org

+ Talk to a professional: www.sober.com

+ Keep up on things happening in recovery: https://www.oregonrecovers.org/

Could I have COVID-19?

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and difficulty breathing. If you have these symptoms but have not been around anyone who you know has COVID-19, you may have COVID-19 or another respiratory virus. COVID-19 is spreading in many communities in Oregon and Washington, but several other respiratory viruses are going around as well.

What if I am sick?

If you have fever, cough or difficulty breathing and have not been around anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, you should stay home away from others until:

  1. At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since you stopped having symptoms.
    This means you no longer have a fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and your respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, difficulty breathing) are gone.

AND

  1. At least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first started.

What do I do if I need to go to the doctor?

Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., you start having difficulty breathing). Before going in, call your healthcare provider and tell them that your symptoms are consistent with COVID-19. Put on a facemask, if possible, before you enter the facility. These steps will help the healthcare provider’s office to keep other people in the office or waiting room from getting your infection. If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, tell the dispatch personnel that you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

Should I go to my doctor and get tested for COVID-19?

If you have any conditions that may increase your risk for a serious viral infection—you are 60 years old and above, are pregnant, or have chronic medical conditions (like COPD, asthma, diabetes, kidney disease, or heart disease)—call your physician’s office and ask if you need to be evaluated in person. They may want to monitor your health more closely or test you for other respiratory viruses.

 

If you do not have a high-risk condition and your symptoms are mild, you do not need to be seen by a doctor in person and do not need to be tested for COVID-19. There are no special medications used to treat COVID-19. Mild symptoms are managed with normal over-the-counter medications like fever reducers or cough and cold medications, and being tested would not change this.

What should I do to keep my infection from spreading to my family and other people in my community?

Stay home, except to get needed medical care.
You should not leave your home, except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.

 

Separate yourself from others in your home, as much as possible.

 

People: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Sick people should not share a bedroom with people who are not sick. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.

 

Animals: You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while sick because we do not have enough information yet to know if this virus could affect your pets. When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. If you must care for your pet, wash your hands before and after you interact with them.

 

Avoid sharing personal household items.

In this case, sharing is NOT caring! You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home. After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water and dried before use by others. Your laundry should be washed on the hottest setting appropriate for the fabric.

 

Clean all high-touch surfaces every day.

High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, remote controls, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables. Also, clean any surfaces that may have any bodily fluids on them. Use a household cleaning spray or wipe, according to the label instructions. Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product, including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product. Remember to never mix different types of cleaning products.

 

Wear a facemask, especially if you are around others.

If you are having flu-like symptoms, it is recommended to wear a facemask around others to help prevent the spread of infection. If you call your healthcare provider and are told to come into the office, you will be given a facemask to wear during your visit. At Yellowhawk, the triage desk just inside the front doors will ask you screening questions about your symptoms, take your temperature, and provide you with a facemask that you must wear the entire time you are in the clinic.

 

Cover your coughs and sneezes.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw used tissues in a lined trash can and immediately clean your hands as described below.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 to 95% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.
  • It is best to use soap and water, especially if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

What if I have diabetes?

Diabetes & COVID-19

  • Risk of diabetic related complications of COVID-19 infections is lowered when your blood sugar is kept under control
  • In case you would get sick, have a list of all medications you take, the dosages, and how often you take them (you can ask the Yellowhawk Pharmacy staff to print a copy of this for you)

 

If you take Metformin, insulin, or any other medication, continue to take it as prescribed

  • Make sure to refill your medication and diabetic sensors on time – schedule your refill through the Yellowhawk Pharmacy by calling (541) 240-8690
  • Call the Yellowhawk Pharmacy at (541) 240-8691 to arrange for parking lot pick up or home delivery of medication, or if you need help replacing a diabetic sensor

 

Follow dietary recommendations your healthcare provider has given you, even when planning emergency food supplies

  • Choose foods low in added sugar
  • Choose whole grain carbohydrates if possible
  • If using canned fruit, drain and rinse the fruit to remove syrup and juice or use frozen fruit for lower sugar content
  • Try to plan meals around fresh, frozen, or canned vegetables, and use smaller portions of pasta, rice, and potatoes
  • If you are prone to low blood sugar, keep things like jam, honey, regular soda, or hard candies on hand

 

For more information visit: https://www.diabetes.org/coronavirus-covid-19

What if I have lung disease?

Lung Disease & COVID-19

  • The risk of asthma, COPE, or other lung disease related complications of a COVID-19 infection is lowered when your condition is well controlled
  • In case you would get sick, have a list of all medications you take, the dosages, and how often you take them (you can ask the Yellowhawk Pharmacy staff to print a copy of this for you)

 

If you use an inhaler, use a nebulizer, or take any other medication, continue to do so as prescribed

  • Make sure to refill your medications on time – schedule your refill through the Yellowhawk Pharmacy by calling (541) 240-8690
  • Call the Yellowhawk Pharmacy at (541) 240-8691 to arrange for parking lot pick up or home delivery of medications
  • If you have a rescue inhaler or other medication you do not use often, check its expiration date

 

Keep a log of what’s normal for you so you have a baseline to compare symptoms to if you begin to feel sick

  • On a normal day when you are not sick, how often would you experience coughing or shortness of breath?
  • What usually triggers your asthma or COPD symptoms to worsen? (i.e. smoke, cold temperatures, exercise)
  • If you have a peak flow meter at home, what is your normal range when you use it?

 

For more information visit: https://www.lung.org/blog/update-covid-19

What if I have kidney disease?

Kidney Disease & COVID-19

  • The risk of kidney disease related complications of a COVID-19 infection is lowered when your condition is well controlled
  • Patients on dialysis should continue going to their regularly scheduled appointments
  • If you have concerns about your dialysis appointment contact the facility directly for more information about the steps they are taking to keep patients safe

 

CONTINUE TO TAKE ALL YOUR MEDICATIONS AS PRESCRIBED

  • Make sure to refill your medications on time – schedule your refill through the Yellowhawk Pharmacy by calling (541) 240-8690
  • Call the Yellowhawk Pharmacy at (541) 240-8691 to arrange for parking lot pick up or home delivery of medications
  • Have a list of all medications you take, the dosages, and how often you take them (you can ask the Yellowhawk Pharmacy staff to print a copy of this for you)

 

Follow dietary recommendations your healthcare provider has given you, even when planning emergency food supplies

  • If you want help thinking of meal ideas or planning what foods to have on hand, check out the link below for suggestions from the National Kidney Foundation
  • They have both low sodium and low sodium, low potassium, and low phosphorus food lists

 

For more information visit: https://www.kidney.org/covid-19

What if I have heart disease?

Heart Disease & COVID-19

  • The risk of heart disease related complications of a COVID-19 infection is lowered when your condition is well controlled
  • Be sure to take time for exercise and self-care (while following social distancing guidelines) to help maintain your heart health

 

CONTINUE TO TAKE ALL YOUR MEDICATIONS AS PRESCRIBED

  • Make sure to refill your medications on time – schedule your refill through the Yellowhawk Pharmacy by calling (541) 240-8690
  • Call the Yellowhawk Pharmacy at (541) 240-8691 to arrange for parking lot pick up or home delivery of medications
  • Have a list of all medications you take, the dosages, and how often you take them (you can ask the Yellowhawk Pharmacy staff to print a copy of this for you)

 

Follow dietary recommendations your healthcare provider has given you, even when planning emergency food supplies

  • If you want help thinking of meal ideas or planning what foods to have on hand, check out the link below for suggestions from the American Heart Association
  • They have other tips for staying healthy too, like ideas for staying active and relieving stress

 

For more information visit: https://www.heart.org/en/about-us/coronavirus-covid-19-resources

What if I have cancer?

Cancer & COVID-19

  • Cancer patients are at increased risk of severe COVID-19 infections, especially if you are currently undergoing chemotherapy or have had a bone marrow transplant
  • Before your doctor’s appointments, call your provider to see what special steps they are taking to protect high risk patients from COVID-19 infections

 

To protect your health:

  • Do not allow anyone who does not live in your home to visit in person – encourage your friends and family to call you on the phone or video chat with you instead
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • If you have to leave your home stay at least 6 feet away from other people at all times
  • If your doctor cancels a regular cancer screening appointment, reschedule it as soon as possible

 

CONTINUE TO TAKE ALL YOUR MEDICATIONS AS PRESCRIBED

  • Make sure to refill your medications on time – schedule your refill through the Yellowhawk Pharmacy by calling (541) 240-8690
  • Call the Yellowhawk Pharmacy at (541) 240-8691 to arrange for parking lot pick up or home delivery of medications
  • In case you would get sick, have a list of all medications you take, the dosages, and how often you take them (you can ask the Yellowhawk Pharmacy staff to print a copy of this for you)

 

For more information visit: https://www.cancer.org/about-us/what-we-do/coronavirus-covid-19-and-cancer.html