Should I be concerned about COVID-19 (the Coronovirus) in our community?
As with any illness, COVID-19 is cause for concern
However, it is not a cause for anxiety or panic
COVID-19 has reached Vermont, but your local and state health officials and providers are prepared. Copley is taking every precaution to ensure the safety of our patients and staff
Is it safe to come to the hospital for an appointment?
Our top priority is to keep our patients, staff and Copley community safe while continuing to deliver exceptional care to all our patients.
We had put in place temporary changes to our visitor policy in order to minimize the risk of exposure to our patients and staff. Read the full policy.
What is COVID-19 (the Coronavirus)?
There is a large family of respiratory viruses commonly known as Coronaviruses
These viruses can cause respiratory infections in humans and be spread from person to person
COVID-19 is the newest of member of the coronavirus family
It is a novel coronavirus that was first identified in 2019 during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China
Who is at risk?
Anyone who comes in contact with the virus could be infected with COVID-19
Groups at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illnesses include:
People with serious chronic medical conditions (like heart, lung or kidney disease)
Symptoms can include:
Shortness of Breath
It can take up to 14 days for symptoms to appear after someone is exposed to the virus
How do you catch COVID-19?
The virus spreads through droplets in the air
If an infected person coughs or sneezes, droplets may land in the nose or mouth of someone nearby (within 6 feet)
According to the VT Dept. of Health, it may be possible that a person can also become infected with COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes
However, this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads