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Contact Orlando Health COVID-19 Virtual Visit

Call the Orlando Health COVID-19 Hotline: (877) 321-COVID

 

As you may know, the first cases of COVID-19 reached the United States in January 2020. By early March, the World Health Organization officially had declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. And by mid-March every state in the nation had reported at least one case of COVID-19, the disease caused by a new strain of coronavirus. This group of viruses was identified back in the 1960s and is responsible for the common cold as well as more severe illnesses like SARS and MERS.

There’s a lot of information out there about COVID-19, and not all of it is accurate. The Orlando Health COVID-19 page can help you stay informed about this evolving situation. Information is provided by reliable sources at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — the CDC — and the Florida Department of Health.

“First and foremost, we want you to know that Orlando Health is prepared to care for COVID-19 cases and to protect the safety of our patients, visitors, team members and the communities we serve,” says David Strong, president and CEO of Orlando Health. “Our experts in infectious diseases and emergency management are well informed about COVID-19 and are prepared to respond quickly and appropriately. We also stay in contact with public health agencies at the national, state and local levels as well as with our medical partners to ensure proper protocols are in place for patient and staff safety.”

Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Be on the lookout for these common signs:

  • Fever

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath

If you are sick, call the office of your primary care provider ahead of time to get advice on how to proceed with your care.

It’s also important to know that most people who get COVID-19 will have mild to moderate symptoms and recover fully.

Those with serious health issues like COPD, heart disease, diabetes and cancer are at a greater risk from illnesses such as COVID-19 and even the flu.

Because there’s no vaccine against COVID-19, it’s important that we all practice everyday prevention to help stop it from spreading. Be sure to:

COVID-19 is not a reason to panic, but to take commonsense precautions. Working together, we can all make an impact on the prevention of this virus until there is a vaccine.

 

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Orlando Health’s COVID-19 Preparedness

First and foremost, we want you to know that Orlando Health is prepared to care for COVID-19 cases and to protect the safety of our patients, visitors, team members and the communities we serve. Our experts in infectious diseases and emergency management are well informed about COVID-19 and are prepared to respond quickly and appropriately. We also stay in contact with public health agencies at the national, state and local levels as well as with our medical partners to ensure proper protocols are in place for patient and staff safety.

 

Orlando Health is currently doing several activities that aid us in keeping our patients and communities safe from COVID-19. These include:

 

  1. Experts from across the healthcare system have convened since January 2020 as part of our ongoing efforts to prepare, prevent and treat emerging infectious disease threats.

  2. All Orlando Health hospitals have done emergency preparedness drills in the event a COVID-19 patient is brought to one of our facilities.

  3. As of March 13, all Orlando Health hospitals are screening visitors for symptoms of and exposure to COVID-19.

  4. There is constant internal communication to relevant stakeholders, including frontline staff, physicians and nurses, managers and leadership.

  5. An internal web page serves as a resource for team members to review guidance material about COVID-19. This site ensures that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for screening and managing potentially infected individuals are followed by all clinical and administrative staff at emergency departments and other points of entry.

  6. We’re managing placement and supply selection for hand hygiene stations throughout our facilities.

General update on the status of COVID-19 in the U.S.

General update on the status of COVID-19 in Florida

How Can I Avoid Getting COVID-19?

What Should I Do if I Become Sick?

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