SEVHS Coronavirus Information

What You Need to Know
Southeastern Virginia Health System is dedicated to the safety and well-being of our staff and patients. We follow all the recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Virginia Department of Health. Our 15 local health centers are available to assist you with your medical concerns.

Service Changes:

Dental Services: for the protection of our patients and staff, we are transitioning to urgent dental care appointments only. If you have immediate dental care needs or questions, please call us at 757-928-3810

Telephone Consultation: For all patients who are ill, have upper respiratory symptoms or meet the screening criteria for COVID-19, telephone consultations are available. Please call us at 757-380-8709

Behavioral Health: Many Behavioral Health counseling visits can be accomplished over the phone. Please call 757-380-8709 and ask about being scheduled for a telephone visit.

COVID-19 Information and Resources

What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person.

What Are the Symptoms of Coronavirus?

The 2019 novel coronavirus may cause mild (light) to severe (serious) respiratory symptoms like:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Trouble breathing

These symptoms may show in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after being in contact with the virus.

The majority of people who contract the virus will not experience severe symptoms; however, people with chronic health conditions or weakened immune systems may be at an increased risk.

How Does Coronavirus Spread?

The virus spreads between people who are in close contact with one another (within 6 feet) via respiratory droplets from coughing or sneezing. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or can be inhaled into the lungs. It may be possible for a person to get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose, or eyes.

Does SEVHS test for COVID-19?

At this time, SEVHS is NOT testing for COVID-19; clients will be referred to the closest hospital for testing.

How to protect yourself and your family?

People can help protect themselves and/or family from respiratory illness with everyday preventative actions.

Everyone should now be practicing social distancing, by keeping at least six feet from anyone else and by restricting the number of people with whom they have close contact, as much as possible.

If you are experiencing symptoms such as cough or fever, STAY HOME and isolate yourself – this means staying home and away from others (6 feet or more.) This is important for anyone who has symptoms, whether or not they have had a test.
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands; if you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Is There a Treatment for Coronavirus?

There is no specific treatment for the Coronavirus other than supportive care (fluids, medicine to reduce fever, and, in severe cases, oxygen). In most cases, people with COVID-19 will recover on their own but will need to be isolated at home to avoid passing the virus to others.

 

For more information about COVID-19, please visit:

Center for Disease Control

Virginia Department of Health

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