Cloth face coverings now required at Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo
Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo are requiring all patients and visitors to wear a cloth face covering to slow the spread of COVID-19. Please bring your own cloth face covering to wear while at one of our health centers. Remember, visitor restrictions are still in effect. One visitor will be allowed for patient care if the patient has a physical or cognitive impairment or is a minor. This policy will remain in place until further notice.
CDC cloth face covering recommendations (includes a video on how to make your own face covering)
Our doors are still open to see our patients for other health conditions which require ongoing care such as managing diabetes, high blood pressure, or prenatal care, to name a few. We want to make sure all of our patients are taken care of and stay well.
If you have a scheduled appointment, or would like to see a doctor, call your preferred health center so that we can assess your needs or offer you a telephone appointment. Whenever possible, we want to keep our patients out of waiting rooms to avoid unnecessary exposure to other sick patients.
As recommendations to stay at home have been extended, telephone appointments are the best way to connect with your doctor, dentist, or healthcare provider so you can continue to manage chronic conditions or other health care needs.
Phone appointments are available for: routine questions and care, behavioral health visits, and screenings for dental emergencies.
What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
COVID-19 is a newly identified respiratory virus that can spread easily. It shares several symptoms with influenza, but it’s treated differently. COVID-19 infection may appear two to 14 days after exposure and can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
How is it spread?
Human Coronavirus is most commonly spread through:
- Coughing and sneezing
- Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
- Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands
- Rarely, fecal contamination
What if I may have been exposed?
If you are experiencing a fever, cough, shortness of breath or other flu-like symptoms and want to be seen by a medical provider, please call your nearest health center to speak with a staff member before coming to one of our health centers.
When to seek medical attention?
If you develop any of these emergency warning signs* for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
Call 911 if you have a medical emergency: Notify the operator that you have, or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a cloth face covering before medical help arrives.
How can I protect myself and stop the spread?
- 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 shaking hands to prevent the spread of germs
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home when you are sick
What steps are being taken at Clinicas?
- Providing hand sanitizer to all patients at registration
- Providing a mask to patients who report fever, cough or shortness of breath (please call ahead if you are experiencing these symptoms)
- Exercising “social distancing” in our patient waiting areas
- Vendors, visitors, observers, and other non-essential individuals will not be granted access to Clinicas health centers
- Patient caregivers will be allowed in Clinicas health centers
- Clinicas employees practice appropriate hand hygiene and ensuring we have adequate personal protective equipment for our staff
- Our facilities team maintains a robust sanitation routine to ensure our patient and staff areas are clean and follow infection control guidelines