CoronaVirus Information

Big Sandy Health Care (BSHC) is closely monitoring the COVID-19 Coronavirus situation in the United States and are following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The health and safety of our patients is our priority.

If you suspect you have COVID-19, please call us at any of our locations: https://www.bshc.org/contact-us.html , BEFORE visiting any of our locations. Our providers will give you instructions.

You are at a high risk of COVID-19 if you have recently traveled to China, Japan, South Korea, Iran, or Italy or have had contact with someone traveling to these countries. It is important to inform our staff of any recent travel outside of the United States or contact with others who have traveled outside of the United States.

How does COVID-19 spread?

The virus is thought to spread primarily from person to person through droplets produced when a person coughs or sneezes.  A person can also become infected from touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose, or eyes.

Read more from the CDC

What are the symptoms?

Patients with COVID-19 may experience fever, cough, or shortness of breath.  Most cases are mild to moderate, but some can become very severe. 

What to do if you get sick?

If you develop mild symptoms, there is no need to go to the doctor.  Stay home and isolate yourself as much as is possible from other people in your household.  You should also:

  • Wash your hands often
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Avoid sharing personal items, such as cups or silverware or towels
  • Monitor your symptoms.  If they get worse, call you provider before going to the office.

Do I need a facemask?

The CDC does NOT recommend that people who are well wear a face mask.  You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it.  The overuse of face masks risks creating a shortage for healthcare professionals.  Please do not purchase a large supply of masks unless directed to do so by your doctor.

If you do need medical care:

  • Contact us BEFORE visiting us. We want to make sure other people don’t get infected or exposed.
  • If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that you have, or are being evaluated for COVID-19.

Read more from the CDC(link is external)

How to prevent getting sick:

You can lessen the risk of getting sick by following basic infection control practices including:

  • Wash your hands frequently, especially after using the bathroom, before eating, and after sneezing or coughing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.  If you need to touch them, wash your hands first.
  • Stay at home when you are sick to avoid infecting others.

Read more from the CDC(link is external)

Here is a full list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers from the CDC(link is external)