COVID-19
What you need to know

Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), also known as COVID-19, is a virus strain that has only spread in people since December 2019. Health experts are concerned because little is known about this new virus. It has the potential to cause severe illness and pneumonia in some people and there is not a treatment.

Find out the basics with this video from the World Health Organization.

WE STILL NEED YOUR HELP

Right now your help is needed more than ever. Your support will ensure that we are able to continue providing care, resources and screening to our patients and those in the community that are looking to us for help.  Virginia Garcia has a plan.

Join us in our work today.

What is Contact Tracing?

Contact tracing is the best way to find out where a virus started. If you test positive for the virus it will be important that you work with the County to identify who you have been in contact with over the past few weeks. This will help stop further spread of the virus.

Watch the video on Contact tracing here

COVID-19 Mythbusters

Hear a rumor? Not sure what to believe? The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a series of mythbuster infographics that are informative and entertaining.

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The Re-Opening of Oregon

Governor Brown outlines the Phases for the re-opening of Oregon

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How to Wear a Mask

Masks are a critical part of slowing the spread of the virus. It is important everyone knows how to properly wear, and care, for your mask.

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Articles and Updates

SEPTEMBER and october FREE SCREENING EVENTS

  • September 29
    3pm - 7pm
  • Conestoga Middle School
  • 12250 SW Conestoga Dr.
  • Beaverton, OR 97008

Muslim Educational Trust screening event

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October 6
1pm - 5pm
Yamhill County - Location TBD

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  • October 13
    3pm - 7pm
  • Washington County
  • Location TBD
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October 20
1pm - 5pm

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
700 Ash Street
Dayton, OR 97114

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Drive-Through Screening Update

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The Washington County drive-through screening site will suspend screening at the Hillsboro Stadium beginning Monday, June 8 in order to divert resources to outreach and providing care and screening for the migrant and seasonal farm workers we support throughout the summer. We plan to reassess the need for the drive-through site at the end of the summer.

The Yamhill County drive-through screening site will be relocating services to the McMinnville Clinic location beginning Tuesday, June 16. The move will allow VG to expand access to screening services in cooperation with the clinic as well as provide support for the clinic as it re-opens to patients in Yamhill County.

 

Virginia Garcia updates their screening criteria

Virginia Garcia is now providing screening services to anyone that would like to be tested for COVID-19 - regardless of symptoms. Enrollment as a VG patient is not necessary but an appointment for screening is required. Information on how to schedule an appointment is below.

VIRGINIA GARCIA SCREENING INFORMATION

Virginia Garcia screening sites are open to the public.
A test can be ordered for anyone that would like to be screened at all primary care sites.

AN APPOINTMENT IS REQUIRED FOR SCREENING.

To schedule a screening appointment, contact one of the numbers listed below:

Non-Virginia Garcia patients: 503.359.5564, option 3
Virginia Garcia patients: Contact your clinic directly

weekly COVID-19 updates from virginia garcia

FOLLOW US FOR UPDATES

Every Friday we send out a quick update on testing results, screening criteria and outreach updates.  To be added to this email list, simply reach out to the Communications Team with your email.

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August 3-7

Aug. 31 - Sep. 4

August 10-14

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I come in and get screened for Covid-19?

Virginia Garcia screening sites are open to the public. A test can be ordered for anyone that would
like to be screened at all primary care sites.

An appointment is required for screening.

To schedule an appointment, contact one of the numbers listed below.

Non-VG Patients: 503-359-5564 and press option 3
VG Patients: Contact your care team directly

 

What does "stay home/save lives" mean?

Governor Kate Brown has asked everyone to "stay home/save lives".  Basically, she is saying, if you do not need to go out, stay home.

If you must leave the house, do not take the entire family and limit your stops. Choose one person to go out and get the necessary items for the family. 

You can go for walks, jogs, bike rides, etc if you maintain 6 feet of distance from others. Parks are closed for play, but walking and bike paths are open to the public.

How does novel coronavirus spread?

Health experts are still learning the details about how this new coronavirus spreads. Other coronaviruses spread from an infected person to others through:

  • the air by 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
What are the symptoms?

People who have been diagnosed with novel coronavirus have reported symptoms that may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus:

If you have been exposed to someone with laboratory confirmed coronavirus and are experiencing these symptoms, you may have coronavirus disease/ Covid-19.

Exposure means:
- Living in the same household as a sick person with coronavirus
- Caring for a sick person with coronavirus
- Being within 6 feet of a sick person with corona virus for about 10 minutes, OR
- Being in direct contact with secretions from a person with coronavirus. This includes being coughed on, kissing, sharing utensils

How much will it cost if I get screened for Covid-19?

During this declared public health emergency, Virginia Garcia will not charge patients any out of pocket costs for Covid-19 testing or related evaluation or treatment deemed necessary by a licensed, independent provider.  If you are a patient who has received a bill for Covid-19 related testing or evaluation, please contact our billing office so we may address the issue. 

Section 3202(b) of the CARES Act requires providers to make public the cash price of these services on the provider’s public internet website. 

In accordance with this requirement, the cash price for these services is listed as:

  • Covid-19 test:  $51.31. 
  • Evaluation and treatment visits in person or by telehealth range from $107.01 to $265.35 depending on level of service.
What should I do if I have symptoms?

Do not come into the clinic. Instead, call your clinic to identify the safest way to receive care. Let them know if you have traveled to an affected area within the last 14 days.

What is Telemedicine?

Telemedicine, Telehealth or Telemed are words used to describe the use of technology, such as a phone or computer, to meet with a provider about your symptoms or care.

Telehealth is being used right now to help reduce the amount of contact individuals need to have with each other - particularly if they are displaying symptoms of the virus, are immune-compromised, or fall into a high risk category such as being over the age of 70. 

It also ensure that healthy individuals do not come into contact unnecessarily with others.

Virginia Garcia is currently using Telehealth for most medical visits. If you need to see your care team, please contact them by phone to set an appointment. They will advise you if an office visit is necessary.

 

What should I do if I was in close contact with a person sick with COVID-19 but I am not sick?

Coronavirus symptoms can take between 2-14 days to show up.

  • Stay at home. Do not go to work or school
  • Avoid public places for 14 days including stores, supermarkets, pharmacies
  • Monitor for fever, cough, and shortness of breath for 14 days after your last exposure to the sick person
  • Wear a mask if you are in contact with others.
How can I keep me and my loved ones from getting novel coronavirus?

Steps you can take to prevent spread of flu and the common cold will also help prevent coronavirus:

  • wash hands often with soap and water. If not available, use hand sanitizer
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoid contact with people who are sick
  • stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
Is there a cure for novel coronavirus?

Currently, there are no vaccines available to prevent novel coronavirus infections.

There are no medications specifically approved for coronavirus. Most people with mild coronavirus illness will recover on their own by drinking plenty of fluids, resting, and taking pain and fever medications. However, some cases develop pneumonia and require medical care or hospitalization.

Other Helpful Videos

Additional Resources

Knowledge is power. If you hear something that doesn't sound right, fact check it. There are plenty of resources available that can help you determine what is truth and what is fiction.

- An informational video from the World Health Organization is the best place to start
- CDC Updates
World Health ​Organization Updates

- Quick look chart from John's Hopkins​
- Get your local information from those in the know: Oregon Health Authority Updates

- COVID-19 Information in Multiple Languages
- COVID-19 information in Mixteco
- Hesperian Health Guide's COVID-19 Information Sheet
- Yamhill County Patient Resource Guide (ENG)
- Yamhill County Patient Resource Guide (ESP)

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- Dementia Care: Before You Speak
- Eating/Nutrition: Assisting with Eating

Job Search Resources:
Job Search App Guide
Job Search Site Personalization
Career-Specific Job Search

Other Organizations to support:
APANO
Adelante Mujeres
Bienestar
Centro Cultural
Community Action

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