COVID-19 FAQs and Resources

The nCoV-2019 Coronavirus virus is a global health crisis. AFC Urgent Care Castle Rock is here to help you

Please call the state hotline for immediate help: 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911

COVID-19 Patients Need to contact state health department
Click here to visit the Colorado Department of Public Health

Important: AFC Urgent Care Castle Rock does not provide COVID-19 Testing for patients that don’t meet the following requirements. However, we can rule out seasonal illness with testing if you don’t meet key COVID-19 testing criteria. 

  • If a patient has direct exposure to COVID-19 and has met COVID-19 exposure criteria, then they should be tested by the state department. 
  • The testing criteria for COVID-19 includes the following:  
  1. Travel to another country in the last 30 days 
  2. If you had direct contact with another patient with a confirmed case of COVID-19  
  3. If a patient has been exposed to COVID-19 and is shown to be symptomatic 
To make it as safe as possible for our patients… If a patient has a known exposure to COVID-19 and becomes symptomatic it is the CDC recommendation as well as the Colorado Public Health Department that they be referred to the emergency department because they have access to the quickest testing.  The reality is… we likely won’t see many of these because the health department should already know about them and should be tracking them. It is AFC policy that we follow CDC guidelines for these patients.

CDC Updates on nCoV-2019

Follow the Centers for Disease Control updates to learn about national preparedness for the coronavirus.

WHO Updates on nCoV-2019

The World Health Organization is leading public awareness and containment efforts related to nC0V-2019 on a global scale.

Media Updates on nCoV-2019

Major media outlets are reporting on the coronavirus at a local and national scale. We've curated Google News reports to provide the most recent information available.

AFC Urgent Care Castle Rock is committed to helping patients learn how to stay safe from coronavirus!

The nCoV-2019 Coronavirus is one of the most dangerous global health crises in 2020. The United States as well as other major countries have declared local pandemics with a likely progression to state of emergencies.  Patients must make sure to follow trusted healthcare organizations including the  Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and local healthcare officials including the Colorado Department of Public Health. 

AFC Urgent Care Castle Rock is here to organize and provide you with the best sources of information from authoritative healthcare agencies as well as frequent major media updates. Misinformation from unverified social media sources can cause patients to panic or participate in ineffective prevention methods. Use the following modules and links to learn more!

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) about Coronavirus:

Coronavirus is a type of  virus that impacts a patient’s upper respiratory system. Public health officials and the Centers for disease control name the strain detected in Wuhan, China as “2019-nCoV.” According to the CDC, coronaviruses are “a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERSSARS, and now with 2019-nCoV.”

A coronavirus is a special virus that spreads within a certain species of animal, which can cause significant respiratory trouble and incredibly harmful results within the same species. nCoV-2019 is an especially rare case of a coronavirus spreading from a foreign animal species to humans. 

Symptoms of the cornoavirus begin as any onset acute illness with coughing, sneezing, sinus pain, and congestion. However, patients with the virus soon develop extreme difficulty breathing and fatal respiratory symptoms. 

nCoV-2019 was discovered  in Wuhan, China, where several patients became infected after the virus spread from an animal reservoir in the county. Some patients were linked to the virus after buying goods and interacting with contaminated foods in a live animal market. 

However, international public health agencies have determined that the virus is primarily spread from person-to-person interaction, which has caused a devastating number of cases. In fact, recent news outlets report over 1000 deaths and 43,000 worldwide are infected with the virus. (This number may be climbing at the time of this report)

International travelers coming back to their home countries (U.S, United Kingdom, etc.)  from Wuhan have been quarantined while cruise ships near main port cities have been stalled due to potential virus risks. 

Currently, multiple cases of the coronavirus have been discovered in the United States.

The CDC and other government agencies are investigating a total of 398 potential cases in the U.S. Patients that are exposed to the virus are under quarantine and have not been allowed back into local communities. 

As of March 13th, 43 states in the U.S currently have the coronoavirus, which includes Colorado. If you have traveled domestically in the U.S, make sure to contact your state health official immediately. 

 

Unforuntely, patients from Douglas County have been reported as having coronavirus as of March 13th, 2020. Currently, the state of Colorado explains that there have been multiple cases tested but none have tested positive for nCoV-2019. However, the state recommends that patients should stay prepared in the event that the virus spreads due to international travel or domestic spread from other states. Here is what the state is doing to prevent the virus: 

  • “Testing for COVID-19 at the state lab  seven days a week.
  • Providing information about the disease and how to report suspected cases to local health departments and health care providers in Colorado.
  • Coordinating with local public health agencies to determine the need for monitoring, quarantine, or other restriction of movement and activities for individuals with travel history to foreign countries where community spread is prevalent.
  • Ensuring  health care providers know how to safely manage and collect specimens from people with possible COVID-19 infection and supporting hospitals and local public health labs in collecting and transporting those specimens.
  • Working with local public health agencies, community health care providers, suppliers/distributors, as well as federal partners, to identify and mitigate potential shortages of supplies, medications, and personal protective equipment that would likely be used in the event of an outbreak in Colorado.” 

Make sure that you follow CDC updates and local news organizations to learn if, and when, the coronavirus spreads to your local town or the state in general. 

 

Public health officials want to make it clear to patients that routine hygiene and general disease prevention are crucial to lowering your risk of getting a coronavirus infection. In fact, Colorado’s Public Health Department outlined the key prevention methods which are similar to avoiding a case of the flu or common cold. Here are a few more specific prevention strategies for patients: 

“As with other respiratory viruses, we recommend people protect themselves and others by practicing everyday actions:

  • Clean hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Get an annual flu vaccine if you have not had one.”

If patients have any other questions about coronavirus prevention, then please call a local healthcare provider to learn the facts about coronavirus and disease safety!