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
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.
CORONAVIRUS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I prepare for my doctor’s appointment?
We believe in keeping our community safe. In an effort to prevent the spread
of Coronavirus, please follow the tips below as you prepare for your next
Parrish Medical Group visit.
24-hours ahead of your scheduled appointment please complete your pre-visit
health assessment. Click
here to complete online.
- Please arrive 15 minutes in advance of your scheduled appointment to complete
the necessary paperwork.
- Bring your ID and a method of payment for any copays or coinsurance.
- Remember that face masks/coverings are required to enter the premises.
- Sanitize your hands prior to or upon entry.
- Remain mindful of social distancing by keeping six feet of space between
yourself and others.
What safety measures can patients expect?
- Daily health screenings to include temperature checks are performed on
everyone who enters any Parrish Healthcare facility. New walk-thru temperature
check devices have been installed at Parrish Medical Center entrances.
- Universal masking is mandated at all Parrish Healthcare facilities. This
means everyone is required to wear a face covering in patient care and
- Care partners are required to wear a face shield or goggles in all patient
rooms to further ensure their safety and the safety of our patients.
- Handwashing protocols are strictly enforced. Everyone who comes into a
patient care room must wash his/her hands upon arrival and again when
leaving the room. Hand sanitation stations are conveniently located in
every patient room and throughout our care centers.
Social distancing protocols are enforced. Special decals have been placed
throughout the various health centers to designate the proper six feet
of distance that should be maintained between people in a given area.
- Occupancy limits have been carefully established in accordance with CDC
guidelines within offices, meeting spaces and other common areas.
- Patients with infectious conditions such as COVID-19 are isolated within
specially designed isolation rooms. Special signage is placed outside
of the room to alert everyone who needs to enter to first put on the proper
personal protective equipment.
- Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols are maintained.
- Safety protocols are reviewed regularly and updated or modified as needed.
Are there hospital visitation restrictions?
- Yes. Visitor restrictions continue.
- No visitors except in birthing and end-of-life care
What are COVID-19 symptoms?
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with
these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
What should a person do if they suspect exposure to or have COVID-19?
If you suspect exposure or have COVID-19, call your local health care provider
or health department, and ask how best to be evaluated. If you’re
interested in registering for a COVID-19 test please visit,
parrishhealthcare.com/covid19registration. A Care Navigator will assist you with scheduling a test and provide you
with additional resources.
Can a person have COVID-19 without having symptoms?
Yes. That’s why it is advisable to wear a face covering that covers
your nose and mouth when in public and to maintain at least six feet of
distance from others when possible.
Is there a vaccine for COVID-19?
There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19.
Who should be tested?
Anyone with symptoms should get tested.Fever, cough, shortness of breath
and recent loss of smell or taste are some of the common symptoms.As of
July 2020, in line with guidelines originally issued by the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prioritize COVID-19 testing for
those individuals at greatest risk, Quest Diagnostics, and other state
laboratories, have implemented a Priority Specimen Handling Program:
Priority 1 Testing: hospitalized patients, health care facility workers with symptoms; pre-surgical
patients in acute care settings.
Priority 2 Testing: patients in congregate (long-term care and correctional) facilities with
symptoms; patients over age 65 years with symptoms; patients with underlying
conditions with symptoms; first responders with symptoms.
Priority 3 Testing: critical infrastructure workers with symptoms; individuals with symptoms
who do not meet any of the above categories; health care facility workers
and first responders; individuals with mild symptoms in hot zone communities
Where can I be tested?
Testing locations vary to accommodate and serve all areas of the North
Brevard Community. For more information about testing sites visit parrishhelathcare.com/COVID19registration
How do I register for testing?
Testing is by appointment only. Visit parrishhealthcare.com/COVID19Registration
to pre-register and request an appointment.
How much does the test cost?
There is no out-of-pocket cost for this test.
Should I be concerned if PMC is treating COVID-19 patients and/or should
I cancel my appointment at PMC?
No, all patients will be treated and cared for using our safety protocols.
All persons with suspected infectious diseases will be treated with necessary
caution to prevent the spread.
What do I do if my test comes back positive?
Stay home; 14-day home isolation and at-home care is what most people will
need if they test positive for COVID-19. If you’ve been in close
contact with people in the time beginning two days before you got sick,
inform them that you have COVID-19.
You should also:
- Keep track of your symptoms
- Get rest and stay hydrated
- If you think your symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) are worse
than a common cold or flu, call your health care provider or 911 if it
is an emergency. Be sure to tell them that you have tested positive.
If you share your home with others:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or hand sanitizer.
- Wear a facemask when you are within 6 feet of others.
- Clean and disinfect all high-touch surfaces-door knobs, counters, refrigerator
handles, etc.- every day.
- Use a separate bathroom, if possible.
- Sleep in a separate bedroom if possible.
If you are struggling to manage your symptoms and cannot access the care
you need, register for a Care Navigator to contact you at parrishhealthcare.com/COVID19Registration.
What do I need to know if my test comes back negative?
If you test negative for COVID-19 by a viral test, you probably were not
infected at the time your sample was collected. However, that does not
mean you will not get sick. The test result only means that you did not
have COVID-19 at the time of testing. You should still take steps to protect
yourself and others, such as practice social distancing, wash your hands
frequently and wear a face covering in public.
If I have recovered from COVID-19, will I be immune to it?
The CDC and Infection Prevention partners are investigating to determine
if you can get sick with COVID-19 more than once. At this time, it is
unclear if you can become re-infected. Until we know more, continue to
take steps to protect yourself and others.
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. Call ahead. Do
not go to your health care provider or hospital without calling first.
Is Parrish Healthcare prepared to handle these COVID-19 cases?
Yes, PMC is prepared to treat patients with all manner of infectious diseases
including COVID-19. PMC also is prepared to do so at a pandemic level,
if needed. PMC will treat patients as part of a community wide plan in
coordination with public health authorities.
Is PMC prepared for a surge in COVID-19 cases?
Parrish Healthcare has been swift to mobilize our COVID-19 response dedicating
all necessary resources to assure the health and safety of our fellow
care partner (employees, medical staff and volunteers), patients and the
community we serve.
How is a patient treated for COVID-19?
The basic premise of preventing disease transmission is to identify patients
who show symptoms, isolate those patients from others for appropriate
assessment and inform appropriate staff and authorities for further response.
People with symptoms will be required to wear a mask. Based on the screening
and vital signs, they will be isolated from other patients while COVID-19
test results can be verified. Patients who test positive for COVID-19
are isolated and treated. Currently, there is no antiviral treatment for
COVID-19. Specific interventions are taken in more severe cases, or with
patients with compromised immune systems or complex illnesses.
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.
- Wear a face covering to keep germs from spreading to others.
- Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces routinely.
- Avoid close contact with people; maintain six feet of distance.
- Stay home when you are sick.
Should I wear a face mask?
Yes, according to the CDC recommendations wearing a face mask protects
you and those around you.
Source: CDC, the definitive source for prevention and procedure for infectious diseases
in the U.S.
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: