With coronavirus (COVID-19), the safety of CareNow® patients and visitors remains our top priority. We regularly treat patients with infectious diseases and our clinical teams are highly trained in clinical protocols. CareNow® is closely monitoring COVID-19 developments in partnership with our local and state health departments and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
What can I do to protect myself and others?
Public health officials recommend the following steps to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including influenza and COVID-19:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
Stay home when you are sick
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue
Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands often, using either soap and water or alcohol-based hand gel for at least 20 seconds
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
Symptoms include fever, fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath, muscle aches, cough (typically dry), loss of taste or smell, sore throat , headache, stuffy / runny nose , nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
Current study suggests that the incubation period may range from 2–14 days. The virus is now spreading from person-to-person, between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Each CareNow Urgent Care clinic is implementing a variety of processes to ensure patient safety, such as designating specific times to evaluate patients with potential respiratory symptoms, prominent signage at the front door of our clinics directing patients through the check-in process as well as screening patients prior to entering our clinics.
Our clinics are a safe place to seek care. Since well before the declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic, our facilities have taken measures to create a safe environment. Now, as ever, we have strong protocols in place and are following all guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Along with many other precautions, we have been proactive and ready with all supplies related to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including masks, gowns and any resources necessary for precautionary isolation of symptomatic patients. The safety of our patients is and always has been our first priority and we will continue to provide safe, effective, patient-centered care.