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CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2020 (COVID-19) UPDATES
Mobile testing now available throughout North Brevard. You do not need to have any symptoms to be tested. Pre-registration is required and no out-of-pocket cost for the test.
For fast and easy pre-registration, click the button below.
We believe in keeping our community safe. Find out if you’re currently at risk for Coronavirus by taking a free online risk assessment. This non-diagnostic quiz will assess your current risk factors for Coronavirus to determine your need for a virtual screening. If at risk, you will be given the option to speak to our patient navigation team who is ready to help you through next steps.
The public can complete the assessment by clicking the button below.
What is PMC doing to ensure patient safety?
Patient and care partner safety is our highest priority. We have detailed and thorough plans for patient care and protecting care partners (employees, medical staff and volunteers). PMC care partners have been trained and are prepared to care for patients with serious infections like COVID-19.
Several additional safety precautions have been implemented including:
What should PMC tell patients about travel?
PMC recommends travelers follow CDC recommendations - cancel all nonessential travel to affected areas. Those with underlying health conditions should avoid nonessential travel to affected areas and areas with community spread.
Where should patients call or show up if they suspect exposure to or have COVID-19?
If you have new symptoms associated with COVID-19 including a new cough, shortness of breath or a fever AND you have recently:
Please call the health department at 321-454-7101 to speak with a medical professional about further evaluation.
Should I be concerned if PMC is treating COVID-19 patients and/or should I cancel my appointment at PMC?
No. We care for patients with serious infections like COVID-19 routinely. We follow rigorous infection prevention protocols and treat patients with a suspected infectious disease with an abundance of caution. It is safe to come to PMC.
What exactly is coronavirus?
How is COVID-19 transmitted?
COVID-19 is thought to spread similarly to influenza. That is, it spreads person to person through respiratory droplets from an infected person's cough or sneeze. These droplets can land on surfaces within about 6 feet and can spread to other people after they contact these infected surfaces with their hands and subsequently touch their face.
Can I catch COVID-19 from contact with an object rather than a person?
Yes, you can catch COVID-19 from an object if the surface of that object has live virus on it. How long the virus can live outside an organism is unknown. Expert estimates range from a few hours to up to nine days, depending on the type of surface, surrounding temperature and environment.
Can a person have COVID-19 without having symptoms?
Is there a vaccine for COVID-19?
There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19. The National Institutes of Health is developing a vaccine, but it will not be ready and approved for use for at least a year or more.
What should I do if I have symptoms of COVID-19?
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, call your local health care provider or health department, and ask how best to be evaluated. Do not go to your health care provider or hospital without calling ahead first.
Is PMC prepared to handle these COVID-19 cases?
Yes, PMC is prepared to treat patients with COVID-19. PMC also is prepared to do so at a pandemic level, if needed. That said, know that PMC will treat patients as part of a community wide plan in coordination with public health authorities.
How is a patient treated for COVID-19?
The basic premise of preventing disease transmission is to identify patients who show symptoms, isolate those patients from others for appropriate assessment, and inform appropriate staff and authorities for further response. If people appear with symptoms, they will be asked to wear a mask and answer a series of questions about their health and travel. Based on their answers and vital signs, they will be isolated from other patients while COVID-19 test results can be verified. This may take several days.
Patients who test positive for COVID-19 are isolated and treated. Currently, there is no antiviral treatment for COVID-19. Specific interventions are taken in more severe cases, or with patients with compromised immune systems or complex illnesses.
What can I do to avoid COVID-19?
To avoid COVID-19, you should:
Should I wear a face mask?
Regarding whether you should wear a face mask, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides this guidance:
How will I know if there are cases of COVID-19 in my community?
Local departments of public health and the CDC are responsible for publicly reporting COVID-19 cases.
PMC is committed to the privacy of its patients and complies with all applicable laws, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA. As always, PMC does not share patient-specific information with the media without prior authorization. Also, PMC collaborates with public health authorities, including the CDC and local public health authorities, as appropriate. These authorities are best-positioned to provide public health information.
About this Q&A: Many of these answers reference statements and standards already communicated by the CDC, the definitive source for prevention and procedure for infectious diseases in the U.S.
Temporary Internal Call Center
A temporary internal call center has been set up to help manage the large influx of calls to the hospital and our Emergency Department. The call center will be manned from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. We are not currently publishing this number.
How do I know if I’m at risk for COVID-19?
We believe in keeping our community safe. Take our free online risk assessment. Visit Parrishhealthcare.com/COVID19HRA. This non-diagnostic quiz will assess your current risk factors for COVID-19. If at risk, you will receive invitation to speak to a member of our care navigation team who is ready to help you through next steps.
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