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ABOUT CURBSIDE TESTING

Copley offers curbside testing. To be tested, your primary care provider must order the test for you and schedule a time for you to be tested. No testing can be done without a provider order and scheduled appointment.

There is no out-of-pocket cost to patients for COVID-19 testing.

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.
  • All staff will wear a mask while at the hospital
  • All employees are screened before reporting to work
  • All high touch surfaces are cleaned frequently throughout the day
  • Closed cafeteria to all visitors

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:
    • Older adults
    • People with serious chronic medical conditions (like heart, lung or kidney disease)

The Symptoms

  • Symptoms can include:
    • Fever
    • Shortness of Breath
    • Cough
  • 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

How do I protect myself and my family?

  • As simple as it may seem, the best thing you can do is wash your hands regularly
    • Use hand sanitizer on the go and when your hands are not dirty
    • Be sure to always wash your hands before eating
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Wash frequently touched surfaces daily

Is there a vaccine?

  • There currently is no vaccine or specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19

What about using face masks?

  • All patients will be required to wear a mask for the entire duration of any appointment at Copley
  • Make sure it covers your nose and mouth
  • Where whenever you are in a public place
  • Patients are encouraged to not bring food and drink to an appointment because the face mask must stay on

I think I have COVID-19. What do I do?

  • If you’re sick, stay home
  • Call your doctor for guidance
  • Do NOT go to your provider’s office or hospital without calling first
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
  • The CDC has a comprehensive list of steps you should take to help prevent the spread of the virus if you are sick

Where can I learn more?

  • The Vermont Department of Health is an excellent resource for information on COVID-19
  • Visit their 2019 Novel Coronavirus webpage for answers to common questions, guidance and the latest updates from the CDC