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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Updates

Parrish Healthcare, in collaboration with OMNI Healthcare opened North Brevard’s first COVID-19 community-based test collection. To pre-register for an appointment for the COVID-19 test, click the button below.

COVID-19 Test Pre-Registration

For COVID-19 test locations and more information, visit parrishhealthcare.com/COVID19Registration.

We believe in keeping our community safe. Find out if you’re currently at risk for Coronavirus by taking a free online risk assessment. This non-diagnostic quiz will assess your current risk factors for Coronavirus to determine your need for a virtual screening. If at risk, you will be given the option to speak to our patient navigation team who is ready to help you through next steps.​

Take COVID-19 Health Risk Assessment

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CORONAVIRUS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is PMC doing to ensure patient safety?

Patient and care partner safety is our highest priority. We have detailed and thorough plans for patient care and protecting care partners (employees, medical staff and volunteers). PMC care partners have been trained and are prepared to care for patients with serious infections like COVID-19.

Several additional safety precautions have been implemented including:

  • Visitor restrictions at the hospital and our Ambulatory sites.
  • Everyone is pre-screened, including a temperature check, before being granted access into the building.
  • At the hospital, the pre-screening is done at the main entrance of the hospital as well as the Emergency Department.
  • All patients entering the building are given a mask to wear.

What should PMC tell patients about travel?

PMC recommends travelers follow CDC recommendations. Because travel increases your chances of getting infected and spreading COVID-19, avoiding nonessential travel at this timeis the best way to protect yourself and others from the spread of COVID-19.

Where should patients call or show up if they suspect exposure to or have COVID-19?

If you have new symptoms associated with COVID-19 including one of the following, please call the health department at 321-454-7101 to speak with a medical professional about further evaluation:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Should I be concerned if PMC is treating COVID-19 patients and/or should I cancel my appointment at PMC?

No. We care for patients with serious infections like COVID-19 routinely. We follow rigorous infection prevention protocols and treat patients with a suspected infectious disease with an abundance of caution. It is safe to come to PMC.

What exactly is coronavirus?

COVID-19 is a newly identified respiratory virus in the coronavirus family, but it is more severe and spreads easily. Diagnosis is difficult because it shares several symptoms with influenza.

How is COVID-19 transmitted?

COVID-19 is thought to spread similarly to influenza. That is, it spreads person to person through respiratory droplets from an infected person's cough or sneeze. These droplets can land on surfaces within about 6 feet and can spread to other people after they contact these infected surfaces with their hands and subsequently touch their face.

Can I catch COVID-19 from contact with an object rather than a person?

Yes, you can catch COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching your own mouth, nose, or possibly your eyes. This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, but we are still learning more about how this virus spreads.

Can a person have COVID-19 without having symptoms?

Yes.

Is there a vaccine for COVID-19?

There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19. The National Institutes of Health is developing a vaccine, but it will not be ready and approved for use for at least a year or more.

What should I do if I have symptoms of COVID-19?

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, call your local health care provider or health department, and ask how best to be evaluated. Do not go to your health care provider or hospital without calling ahead first.

Is PMC prepared to handle these COVID-19 cases?

Yes, PMC is prepared to treat patients with COVID-19. PMC also is prepared to do so at a pandemic level, if needed. That said, know that PMC will treat patients as part of a community wide plan in coordination with public health authorities.

How is a patient treated for COVID-19?

Currently, no medication is recommended to treat COVID-19, and no cure is available. Antibiotics aren't effective against viral infections such as COVID-19. Researchers are testing a variety of possible treatments.

The FDA has granted permission for a medication approved for other diseases to be used to treat severe COVID-19 when no other options are available. An antiviral drug, remdesivir, has been approved for this use.

Treatment is directed at relieving symptoms and may include:

  • Pain relievers (ibuprofen or acetaminophen)
  • Cough syrup or medication
  • Rest
  • Fluid intake

There is no evidence that ibuprofen or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) need to be avoided.

If you have mild symptoms, your doctor may recommend that you recover at home. He or she may give you special instructions to monitor your symptoms and to avoid spreading the illness to others. You'll likely be asked to isolate yourself as much as possible from family and pets while you're sick, wear a mask when you're around people and pets, and use a separate bedroom and bathroom.

Your doctor will likely recommend that you stay in home isolation for a period of time except to get medical care. Your doctor will likely follow up with you regularly. Follow guidelines from your doctor and local health department about when you can end home isolation.

If you're very ill, you may need to be treated in the hospital.

What can I do to avoid COVID-19?

To avoid COVID-19, you should:

  • Keep your hands clean.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your cough and sneezes to keep germs from spreading to others.
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces routinely.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.

Should I wear a face mask?

CDC recommends that people should cover their mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
    • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

How will I know if there are cases of COVID-19 in my community?

Local departments of public health and the CDC are responsible for publicly reporting COVID-19 cases.

PMC is committed to the privacy of its patients and complies with all applicable laws, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA. As always, PMC does not share patient-specific information with the media without prior authorization. Also, PMC collaborates with public health authorities, including the CDC and local public health authorities, as appropriate. These authorities are best-positioned to provide public health information.

About this Q&A: Many of these answers reference statements and standards already communicated by the CDC, the definitive source for prevention and procedure for infectious diseases in the U.S.

How do I know if I’m at risk for COVID-19?

We believe in keeping our community safe. Take our free online risk assessment. Visit Parrishhealthcare.com/COVID19HRA. This non-diagnostic quiz will assess your current risk factors for COVID-19. If at risk, you will receive invitation to speak to a member of our care navigation team who is ready to help you through next steps.​


Hospital Visitors

Effective Monday, March 23, To further assure a safe, healing healthcare environment for everyone, Parrish Medical Center is immediately implementing a temporary No-Visitor policy. Read more at: parrishhealthcare.com/novisitorupdate.The community’s patience and understanding are appreciated.


Resources on COVID-19:

The CDC has created resources for community and faith-based events, including at electronic polling stations.

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