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CoronaVirus-19 Update and Information

The Department of Health has reported cases of Coronavirus in individuals  who recently returned from a trip to Europe. 

The symptoms of coronavirus include fever, cough and shortness of breath occurring 2-14 days after exposure to an infected person. 

Please call our offices if you develop symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled.

Please do not come to the office or go to an Urgent Care Unit without calling first.  If you are sick, please stay home from work and school. 

Most cases of fever and cough are not due to Coronavirus. Your risk for developing Coronavirus is low if you have not come into contact with someone who has the infection and have not traveled to areas where the virus is widespread. Information on areas where the risk for infection is higher is available at CDC.gov

There are important things that you can do to prevent the spread of viruses. 

The Department of Health recommends:

  • Get your flu shot, and make sure the people around you do the same. 
  • Wash your hands often throughout the day. Use warm water and soap. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand gel. 
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow. Flu and coronavirus are spread through coughing or sneezing on other people or into your hands. Cover your coughs and sneezes to prevent others from getting sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way. 
  • Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious foods. 
  • Keep surfaces (especially bedside tables, surfaces in the bathroom, and toys for children) clean by wiping them down with a household disinfectant.
  • Stay home if you are ill.  Don't return to work until you have not had a fever without taking medications for at least 24 hours.
  • Face masks are needed for people who are coughing or sick. You do not need to wear a face mask to prevent yourself from getting an infection 

If you have questions about the virus, the Center for Disease Control has information at CDC.gov

The RI Department of Health also has regular updates at health.ri.gov

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