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COVID-19 FAQ & Resources

COVID-19 FAQ:

What is a COVID-19 Case? What happens if I am a case?

A case is someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 with a viral test.

 

Seek out educational resources here.

What is a COVID-19 contact? How will I know if I'm a contact?

A close contact is a person with an epidemiologic exposure to a person with confirmed or presumptive COVID 19. In short , being within 6 feet of a COVID 19 case for ≥15 minutes. Contacts do not need to quarantine. Contacts should monitor for symptoms and test 5 days after exposure.  If symptoms develop then they should test and isolate.

What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?

QUARANTINE keeps someone who was in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 away from others.

ISOLATION keeps someone who is sick or tested positive for COVID-19 without symptoms away from others, even in their own home.

Mental Health Resources

Help is just a phone call away:

+ Yellowhawk Behavioral Health: 541.240.8670

+ Community Warm Line (non-crisis, 24/7): 1.541.969.0010

+ For instructions on accessing Telehealth click here.

+ Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call or text 988

+ 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: 988

+ Community Counseling Solutions Crisis (24/7): 1.541.240.8030

Other options:

  • Crisis Text Line Text NATIVE to 741741
  • Teen Text Line Text TEEN to 839863
  • Youthline 1.877.968.8491
  • Veterans Crisis Line 1.800.273.8255 (Press 1)

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

+ For information about the Connections App for individuals in recovery click here.

 

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/

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!

  • If symptoms worsen, call your healthcare provider.
  • In an emergency, call 911.
  • Stay home and away from others to avoid getting others sick. Some people may have mild illness and feel well enough to go out. DO NOT do this because it will spread disease.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Use a separate bathroom if possible.
  • Do not shake hands, hug, or touch others.
  • Avoid sharing items such as bedding, clothing, towels, and dishes with other people in your household.
  • Every day, disinfect all “high touch” surfaces multiple times a day. These surfaces include: counters, tabletops, faucet handles, phones, and doorknobs. Common household cleaners and disinfectants are recommended. Wear gloves if possible.

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.

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