COVID-19 Information and Resources for WCH Patients and the Communities We Serve
As we continue to test and treat those potentially affected by COVID-19, the WCH team is actively working with local, state and federal officials in coordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We all have been asked to stay at home because staying home is important to limit further spread of this virus that is already in our area, in an effort to protect the most vulnerable among us. Most people who become ill due to the coronavirus will be able to care for themselves at home just as they would when they get the flu. You should consult your doctor if you have fever, cough, shortness of breath or other symptoms that are not getting better after three to four days. In most cases, testing for the virus that causes COVID-19 is not necessary because it will not change the way your doctor cares for you. For certain individuals that are at higher risk a test may be done to help inform decisions in care. You and your doctor or health care provider can work together to determine if you would benefit from a test.
In the event that you need to stay home due to illness it is ok to call your doctor to discuss ways to control symptoms and what to look out for if you are worried, but remember most cases are mild. People who care for themselves at home may stop self-isolation when you have had no fever for 3 full days without using fever-reducing medicine AND your other symptoms have improved AND at least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.
If you do need to visit your doctor’s office please call ahead and you will be given instructions for arrival. You will be asked to wear a mask and may be guided to a special area.
Some symptoms of more serious illness needing immediate medical attention include difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, or bluish lips or face. If you need to call 911 please let the operator know that you may have COVID-19 so that first responders can take appropriate protective measures.
For up to date information on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), follow these links:
- Illinois Department of Public Health. http://dph.illinois.gov/covid19
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.coronavirus.gov/
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