Hamilton Community Health Network is committed to keeping our patients healthy and safe during this time of uncertainty. It is so important that you keep the guidelines and recommendations in front of you for the best chances at prevention. Here is a bit of a refresher for what signs and symptoms to look out for, some preventive tips and some community resources available at this time.
Signs and Symptoms of COVID19:
- Sore Throat
To prevent the spread of COVID-19
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid handshakes.
- Avoid contact with sick people who are sick.
- Stay at home when you are sick.
If you live with or come in close contact with people who have exiting medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, asthma, HIV, etc. be sure to:
- Wash your hands often, particularly after contact with high-touch surfaces.
- Avoid crowds and closed-in settings with little air ventilation as much as possible.
- Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
- Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, like doorknobs, keyboards, cell phones, and light switches.
- Provide a protected space for those individuals and have healthy people conduct themselves as if they were a significant risk to those individuals.
- Have a plan for if you get sick, and stay in touch with others by phone or email.
- Watch for symptoms and emergency warning signs that require immediate medical attention.
Hamilton Community Health Network has launched Telehealth for convenient medical care:
Hamilton patients can call our general number, 810.406.4246, and be connected to a healthcare provider. If the patient’s problem can be treated via a conversation over the phone, the patient won’t need to come into the clinic. This keeps everyone safe and still keeps you connected to your provider when it comes to follow-up or basic healthcare needs.
Not every medical situation is right for a telemedicine visit. Our providers will decide if your concern can be treated safely and effectively over the phone.
Visits that we can usually treat by the phone include:
- Arthritic Pain
- Medication refills
- Stable chronic disease management
- Mild Colds and Flu/Respiratory Infections
Visits that won’t be treated over the phone include:
- Rashes/Skin Lesions
- OB Visits
- Pelvic Pain/Severe Vaginal Bleeding
- Uncontrolled Chronic Medical Conditions
- Severe Respiratory Infections
- Ear Aches/Ear Infections
- Shortness of Breath
- Severe Vomiting/Diarrhea
- All Preventative Visits
- (CPE’s, PAP/Pelvic, Immunizations)
- Abdominal Pain
- Chest Pain
- Musculoskeletal Injuries
Hamilton call center is open Monday – Friday 8 AM – 5 PM, along with our clinics. We ask all patients to call before arriving at a clinic. By calling first, our providers can determine if you can be treated over the phone. If you cannot be, we will set up an appointment that is scheduled when you can avoid other patients in the clinic to comply with social distancing. Remember, our medical providers will determine if you can be treated via the phone. We encourage you to continue to stay in touch with your medical provider during this time of uncertainty, don’t go without healthcare. We are here to help.
Drive-through COVID-19 testing will be available from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, and is open to Hamilton and non-Hamilton patients, as long as the individual is experiencing mild symptoms (per MDHHS guidelines) and has an appointment scheduled. Testing is available at Hamilton’s Burton and North Pointe Clinic, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-4pm by appointment only. To speak with a healthcare provider and set up a testing appointment, call our COVID-19 hotline at (810) 406-4019.
Chief Operating Officer, Sherry Pace, stated, “In order for us to slow the spread and flatten the curve of COVID-19, we are making testing a top priority with multiple Hamilton locations providing testing throughout the community.”
For more information on preventative measures, contact Hamilton Community Health Network at 810-406-4246.