Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness Information

Are you having symptoms like a dry cough, fever, or shortness of breath? Filling out Colorado’s symptom tracker can help public health officials understand when and where outbreaks are occurring.  

Symptom tracker can be found here:  https://covid19.colorado.gov/covid19-symptoms 

Or, by using this direct link:  https://intake-app-dot-cdphe-erm.appspot.com/intake-form

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Colorado Plains Medical Group UPDATE 4-16-2020

Colorado Plains Medical Group has shifted patients around so that COVID symptomatic patients are being seen downstairs in the Medical Group offices (Suite 101) and non-COVID symptomatic patients are now being seen upstairs in the General Surgery office (Suite 208). To best serve our patients needing routine labs, injections or allergy shots, we would like to ask that during this time, you call in advance to schedule a time at 970-542-4390. With the hospital restrictions in place, patients are no longer being permitted to enter unless they have an appointment scheduled. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. #MakingCommunitiesHealthier

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Patient and Approved Visitor Masking 4-16-2020

As part of Colorado Plains Medical Center’s ongoing efforts to optimize personal health for both our employees and our patients, we are asking that ALL visitors utilize a mask or cloth covering at all times while in the clinics or hospital. Homemade masks are acceptable. We greatly appreciate our community’s support and cooperation as we continue to ensure a safe place of care for our patients, guests, and employees. #InThisTogether #MakingCommunitiesHealthier #COVID19 #Coronavirus

COVID-19 Testing FAQ

COVID-19 Online Risk Assessment

To help support the health of our community, we are providing access to an online COVID-19 risk assessment developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This tool does NOT provide a diagnosis, and it should NOT be used as a substitute for an assessment made by a healthcare provider.

How do I get tested for COVID-19?

At this time, tests for COVID-19 require a provider order. Visiting a provider does not necessarily mean you need testing or that you will receive testing. Your provider will work with the Northeast Colorado Health Department to follow all appropriate guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Health Department to determine if testing is recommended based on your symptoms and recent travel history.

What are the qualifications for being tested for COVID-19?

Someone may be a candidate for testing if he or she has:

  1. A fever and cough or shortness of breath AND has been in close contact with a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 case; or
  2. A fever and cough or shortness of breath and a history of travel from affected geographic areas; or
  3. A fever and cough or shortness of breath requiring hospitalization with no other source of infection.

Can I pick up or buy a test kit for COVID-19?

No. At this time, tests for COVID-19 require a provider order and are not commercially available to the public.

What do I do if I’ve been exposed to someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19? I want to be tested.

If you have been exposed to someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, you should self-monitor for fever or symptoms of respiratory illness for 14 days. If you begin to experience fever or symptoms of respiratory illness, and they are mild enough that you can manage them at home, you should remain at home in isolation. For details about how to correctly perform home isolation, tips for managing your illness at home with family members, and guidance on when you can discontinue home isolation, please visit the CDC’s website (link to: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html)

If you are not experiencing symptoms, or you are experiencing mild symptoms you can manage at home in isolation, you do not need to seek medical care or testing.

I believe I have symptoms of COVID-19. What do I do next?

I’m experiencing mild symptoms right now, but I’m worried.

If you are experiencing fever and/or mild symptoms of respiratory illness, you can and should isolate at home during illness. For details about how to correctly perform home isolation, tips for managing your illness at home with family members, and guidance on when you can discontinue home isolation, please visit the CDC’s website (link to: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html)

Should I get tested?

Isolating yourself at home and self-monitoring mild symptoms is the best course of action unless you feel you need medical care.

Worsening symptoms – I need to see my provider.

Be alert to any changing symptoms and seek prompt medical attention if your symptoms are getting worse. If you feel you need to visit your healthcare provider, call ahead before you arrive to tell them you’re experiencing symptoms that may be related to COVID-19. This will allow your provider’s office staff to properly prepare for your visit and take the necessary precautions to keep others from being infected or exposed.

Will I be tested? Your provider will make this determination based on your symptoms, and recent travel history. You may or may not be tested, but your provider will follow all appropriate CDC and Northeast Colorado Health Department guidelines.

Emergent symptoms – I am having difficulty breathing.

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1 and notify the dispatch agent that your emergency is related to possible COVID-19 symptoms.

Will I be tested? Your emergency medicine provider will make this determination based on your symptoms and recent travel history. You may or may not be tested, but your provider will follow all appropriate CDC and Northeast Colorado Health Department guidelines.

Colorado Plains Medical Center is committed to providing the highest quality care and ensuring the safety of our patients, employees, providers, volunteers and visitors. We are continuing to monitor the evolving situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) and are taking the necessary steps to ensure we are fully prepared to care for patients, in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and in partnership with our local and state health departments.

Below are a number of resources to help educate you and your family on COVID-19. For more information on the virus, please contact the health department.

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