COVID-19: Important information about COVID-19, visitation, and vaccinations – READ MORE
Mission Health | Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The human race has faced an enemy like no other these last few months, one that has made time stand still for our nation and our world. Never in our lifetimes have we faced a crisis like this one. Homes have turned into offices, schools, sanctuaries. Social distancing has become common language. We have been stretched to imagine a new way of life, a new normal. Stretched, but not broken. Each day that passes brings the hope of a healthier tomorrow.
Through it all, Mission Health and our HCA Healthcare family have remained focused on one thing – the care and improvement of human life. It’s what we do. It’s who we are. In times of uncertainty, our people show up. When faced with a challenge, we see the path forward.
Joining with our colleagues and our physicians, we are taking action to ensure – now more than ever – that you are in safe hands. We have established enhanced protections throughout our sites of care to create a safe environment for everyone who walks through our doors. There’s a lot to worry about in these uncertain times – getting healthcare shouldn’t be one of them.
In front of us all is the chance to move forward. To move beyond fear. To define our new normal. To find our healthier tomorrow. To fix broken hearts and broken bones. To lessen the pain and cure disease. To tend to ailments so that you can find peace of mind. We will walk alongside you as you step back into your life, starting with your health.
Care is the foundation of our values and the core of our mission. Mission Health will, one step at a time, help you move forward.
We are here to ensure you receive the care you need today, for a healthier tomorrow.
– Mission Health
Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. These symptoms can range from mild to severe and include:
Public health officials recommend the following steps to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including influenza and COVID-19:
If you are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat or congestion or if you have travelled to an area affected by the current strain of coronavirus you should consider seeking medical advice. It’s important to keep in mind that there is no treatment for COVID-19 and people who are mildly ill may be able to isolate and care for themselves at home.
Call your physician or seek medical care immediately.
Patients without symptoms or with mild to moderate symptoms will likely not be tested for the virus. A positive test does not change the course of the illness. It’s important to keep in mind that there is no treatment for COVID-19 and people who are mildly ill should self- isolate, do social distancing and care for themselves at home.
You may not be tested for COVID-19 because you do not meet the criteria established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Currently, the CDC advises that clinicians should determine whether to order a test based on specific criteria. COVID-19 tests are not intended to be an assessment of your risk, but rather to confirm cases in symptomatic patients. If you are worried but don’t have symptoms, please stay home. Going to a doctor’s office or hospital adds to a higher concentration of people and further overwhelms the medical staff.
The CDC has a robust website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. The CDC also houses responses to commonly asked questions on their website.
The Mission Virtual Clinic (MVC) is open from 7 am-7 pm. This option is ideal for western North Carolina citizens because it is convenient and helps maintain social distancing, a key method to reduce the coronavirus spread. We cover an array of different illnesses remotely (click here for a full list). If you access the MVC after 7 pm, you will still be allowed to complete the virtual visit; however, you won’t receive a provider response until after 7 am the next day.
Click here to learn more or to start an online doctor visit now.
Below are additional resources from the Mission Health Blog. Please keep in mind that recommendations and updates are changing quickly. For the most up-to-date information, visit the links in our "Stay up-to-date" section.