CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) CURRENT INFORMATION & UPDATES

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) CURRENT INFORMATION & UPDATES

What You Need to Know

The spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) has all of our attention. We continue to monitor the virus closely and want to assure you that the health and safety of our patients and employees is our top priority.

At GVHC, we have a standard protocol in place for any infectious disease, including Coronavirus (COVID-19). We continue to follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local and state health officials.

Updated March 23, 2020

SERVICE CHANGES:

Many of our locations will remain open. The health and safety of our patients, staff and communities continues to be our primary concern and our top priority during this COVID-19 national emergency.

Please read below for more information:

CALL US FIRST

If you are sick, please call 866.682.4842 BEFORE coming to any of our clinics. We will advise you on the best way to receive the care you need without compromising your health, and the health of other patients and our staff.

DENTAL SERVICES:

GVHC will temporarily suspend nonessential or non-urgent dental care until further notice but we will offer emergency dental services at our Merced Dental and Turlock Main St. Dental locations:

MERCED DENTAL

747 West Childs Ave

Merced, CA 95341

TURLOCK MAIN ST. DENTAL

1200 West Main St.

Turlock, CA 95380

Our Merced Dental and Turlock Main Street Dental locations will remain open for qualifying emergencies such as:

  • Fractured tooth due to trauma
  • Infection and or Swelling
  • Severe dental pain

Should you require emergency dental care and wish to speak to a dental representative and make an appointment please call or text 866.682.4842.

SICK AND WELL CLINICS:

Golden Valley Health Centers (GVHC) fully supports the order to shelter in place; however, healthcare is an essential service and while many of our locations will stay open to serve our communities, some of our locations will be walk-in sick clinics and others will be well clinics which will be appointment based only. ALL patients will be screened at the front door of the Well clinics. If a patient has a fever or symptoms (symptoms including any of the following: cough, fever, shortness of breath) that patient will be sent home and his/her visit will be converted to a telephone visit or a sick clinic visit.

TELEPHONE VISITS:

We are committed to keeping everyone safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, and are also now offering telephone medical visits. These visits allow patients to speak directly to a provider via telephone so a patient may get the care they need without leaving their home. Patients can ask questions or get advice, refill prescriptions for medicine and much more Call 866.682.4842 to schedule your telephonic appointment. Appointments are readily available at most clinics.

WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19?

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

If you are sick with COVID-19 symptoms, please click on this link and follow the steps.

HOW CAN I HELP PROTECT MYSELF AND FAMILY?

  • People can help protect themselves and/or family from respiratory illness with everyday preventative actions.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. (Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.)

DOES GVHC TEST FOR COVID-19?

Yes. GVHC has established two drive-thru testing sites for coronavirus (COVID-19) for registered patients of GVHC. The drive-thru site began operation on Tuesday, March 17 and is open weekdays from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19, PLEASE VISIT:

If you are concerned that you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are worried about cold or flu symptoms:

​ You may be evaluated prior to entry at any GVHC clinic. If you show symptoms or have traveled to a country on the CDC watchlist (click here for more information), you may be asked to wait in a designated area and provided with additional instructions.

If you are not ill with cold or flu symptoms and have a routine appointment already scheduled, you may still come to the clinic. There is the possibility of a location change to keep your risk of exposure low. Please call your clinic to confirm where to go.

Help stop the spread of illness by taking everyday preventive actions:

  • Avoid shaking hands to prevent the spread of germs.​
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. ​
  • Stay home when you are sick. ​
  • Cover your entire mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your bent elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

WE WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE UPDATES AS THE SITUATION EVOLVES.