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.
Looking for information on the COVID-19 vaccine? Please visit our COVID-19 Vaccine Information page.
If you want to be screened for COVID-19 at a Virginia Garcia clinic you must first schedule an appointment. If you are a Virginia Garcia patient, please contact your clinic.
Please do not come to a clinic without an appointment.
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.
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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.
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.
If you want to be screened for COVID-19 you must first schedule an appointment. If you are a patient or migrant and seasonal farmworker and would like to schedule an appointment at one of our clinics, please contact the clinic nearest you. Please do not come to a clinic without an appointment.
If you are not a Virginia Garcia patient, but would like to become one, please contact Member Services at 503-359-5564, option 3 to establish care. A telehealth visit with a Care Team is required prior to a COVID-19 test.
There is a lot of conflicting information around how long to quarantine if you are exposed to someone with Covid-19.
Virginia Garcia recommends following the maximum wait time of 14 days as per the guidelines from the Oregon Health Authority and Washington County.
Here is a flier to help illustrate your choices.
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.
Contact tracing has been used for decades by state and local health departments to slow or stop the spread of infectious diseases.
Contact tracing slows the spread of COVID-19 by
During contact tracing, the health department staff will not ask you for:
A contact tracer can also help connect you with support resources such as housing, food resources and even financial support.
For complete information on what contact tracing is, visit the CDC website.
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:
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.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
Steps you can take to prevent spread of flu and the common cold will also help prevent coronavirus:
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)
- Yamhill County Public Health COVID-19 Resources (ENG)
- Yamhill County Public Health COVID-19 Resources (ESP)