El Rio Patients – What you need to know:
If you have any questions or need additional assistance, please reach out to Patient Communications at (520) 670-3909.
Here’s what we know so far
The impact of COVID-19 will look kind of like a severe flu season. Though the virus spreads easily, most cases are mild – sometimes without any symptoms. COVID-19 is not usually lethal. COVID-19 is most dangerous for people who are older adults and those with chronic disease.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath. People who have recently had close contact with someone who has the virus or traveled to an infected area are at a higher risk of getting COVID-19.
How is COVID-19 spread?
COVID-19 is spread when a person who has the virus coughs or sneezes and respiratory droplets are inhaled, like the flu or the common cold. It may also be possible to get COVID-19 by touching a surface where the virus is present and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes.
Things you can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19
Like the flu or the common cold, COVID-19 is spread person to person when an infected person coughs or sneezes and respiratory droplets are inhaled. It may also be possible to contract COVID-19 by touching a surface where the virus is present and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes.
What should you do if you feel sick
If you feel sick, call us at (520) 670-3909 to talk about your symptoms and options. El Rio Health nurses are available 24/7 on our nurse triage phone line. Our team will help you decide if you need to be seen, evaluated or tested. COVID-19 tests are in short supply across the country. We do not have test kits at El Rio. If you test negative for the flu, we can get a specimen that will be sent out for testing. There is not a cure for COVID-19 right now. We can help patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 decide what to do.
We are learning more about COVID-19 every day. El Rio Health is working closely with Pima County Health Department and other agencies. El Rio Health is part of the Pima County Task Force for COVID-19.
CDC COVID-19 FAQs (in English & Spanish)
COVID-19 Suspected/Confirmed Handout (in English & Spanish)
Pima County Health Department COVID-19 Website
CDC COVID-19 Website
Arizona COVID-19 Hotline: Dial 2-1-1
Be Alert, Not Anxious!