Coronavirus COVID-19

Updated 3/26/2020

CFMC IS HERE FOR YOU!

Caswell Family Medical Center, Inc. wants you to know that we are here for you.

We are changing our role to help our community in the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

  • We can give you advice about your health, renew some medicines, and direct you to other medical care for face to face exams. We are now doing this over the phone first. PLEASE CALL 336-694-9331
  • We can test for the Coronavirus only for people with symptoms who are very sick, with problems breathing, chest pain, or changed mental state. People with milder symptoms (even high fever), can call for advice, but should stay home.
  • We no longer have a waiting room for patients, so please do not carpool to be seen, and do not bring children with you if you come to be tested. Children and teens usually have milder symptoms but may run high fevers. This too can be managed at home. Call us!

We are going to be doing telemedicine for all other medical and mental health problems. Stay tuned!

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

(March 26, 2020) – The health and safety of CFMC patients and staff remain top priorities for all CFMC sites. Please visit this page regularly as it will be updated with pertinent information as it becomes available.

In the immediate future, please expect the following:

  • All visitors and patients will be screened for Coronavirus symptoms.
  • All patients, regardless of age, are only allowed ONE (1) caretaker to attend appointments. All others MUST wait in the vehicle.
  • Some appointments may be rescheduled, especially those that are elective. Any primary care patient 65 or older, or who are experiencing cough or fever, should call the office prior to coming in. There may be things that we can help with over the phone.
  • Further restrictions may be implemented as the situation evolves.

There are simple things you can do to keep yourself and others healthy:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, going to the bathroom, and before eating or preparing food.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

There is a LOT of misinformation out there about Coronavirus. For accurate information, please visit:

COVID-19 IMPORTANT RESOURCES IN CASWELL COUNTY

  • Caswell Family Medical Center – (336) 694-9331
  • Caswell County Health Department – (336) 694-4129
  • NC 211 – 24/7 access for organizations in our local community to assist with food, shelter, energy assistance, housing, parenting resources, health care, employment, substance abuse treatment as well as services specific to older adults and those with disabilities. Dial 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162.
  • Text COVIDNC to 898211 to receive general information and updates about COVID-19 in NC

What We Know Now

KNOW HOW IT SPREADS

According to the CDC:

  • Currently, there is no vaccine available to prevent COVID-19.
  • The best way so far to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus.
  • COVID-19 virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • This means people who are in close contact with one another within approximately 6 FEET.
    • This also means via respiratory droplets produced when someone who is infected coughs or sneezes.
  • Respiratory droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly inhaled into the lungs.

TAKE STEPS TO PROTECT YOURSELF

According to the CDC:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk.

TAKE STEPS TO PROTECT OTHERS

According to the CDC:

  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

Frequently Asked Questions (Answered by our Pediatrician, Dr. Margaret Martin as per CDC Guidelines)

Can COVID-19 be passed from a pregnant woman to the fetus or newborn?

We still do not know if a pregnant woman with COVID-19 can pass the virus that causes COVID-19 to her fetus or baby during pregnancy or delivery. No infants born to mothers with COVID-19 have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. In these cases, which are a small number, the virus was not found in samples of amniotic fluid or breastmilk.

Are the symptoms of COVID-19 different in children than in adults?

No. The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar in children and adults. However, children with confirmed COVID-19 have generally presented with mild symptoms. Reported symptoms in children include cold-like symptoms, such as fever, runny nose, and cough. Vomiting and diarrhea have also been reported. It’s not known yet whether some children may be at higher risk for severe illness, for example, children with underlying medical conditions and special healthcare needs. There is much more to be learned about how the disease impacts children.

How can I protect my child from COVID-19 Infection?

You can encourage your child to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by teaching them to do the same things everyone should do to stay healthy. Clean hands often using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer

  • Avoid people who are sick (coughing and sneezing)
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily in household common areas (e.g. tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, sinks)
  • Launder items including washable plush toys as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely. Dirty laundry from an ill person can be washed with other people’s items.

Should my child wear a mask?

No. If your child is healthy, there is no need for them to wear a facemask. Only people who have symptoms of illness or who are providing care to those who are ill should wear masks.

Updated Insurance Provider & Coverage Information

BCBSNC will be posting updates on COVID-19 HERE

Cigna customers will have access to coronavirus (COVID-19) testing, as prescribed by health practitioners, and the company will waive all co-pays or cost-shares to help fight the rapid spread of the virus in the U.S. and for its globally mobile customers.

Access the Cigna announcement HERE

Bright Health members whose care providers have ordered testing will have COVID-19 diagnostic tests covered as preventive care at no cost to the member. Learn more HERE

Any medically necessary treatment related to COVID-19 would be considered a covered benefit, consistent with benefit coverage provisions of your policy for treatment of an illness. General plan cost-sharing requirements will apply for medically necessary treatment related services. Learn more HERE

For the latest information on Social Security & Coronavirus, including frequently asked questions like “will SSA provide in-person services during the COVID-19 pandemic”, please visit HERE

The NC Department of Insurance (NCDOI) will be updating information about SHIIP HERE.