Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

We know that COVID-19 is on everyone’s mind, including our patients and the community Please take a minute and review the information and links for updated information. These links will take you to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Arizona Department of Health Services, and Maricopa County Department of Public Health. People that are most at risk for COVID-19 are adults 60 years of age and older and/or people who have chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease, or diabetes are at higher risk for more serious complications from COVID-19.

Here are some tips on the best way to keep yourself and others healthy:

  • Wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds (sing Happy Birthday twice), often and well. If you can’t wash them, use an alcohol based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. DO NOT cover your cough with your hand.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are not feeling well, STAY HOME.
  • Disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces, such as door knobs, phones, toilet handles, and light switches.

Helpful information:

 

If you have any questions, concerns, or believe you may be experiencing symptoms, please call us at (602) 279-5262. We are here to assist you. Our medical clinics, behavioral health services, and WIC clinics are open and available to you.

Also, if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, please call us before you enter one of our clinics:

  • Coughing
  • Fever
  • Sore or scratchy throat
  • Runny or stuffed nose
  • Rash
  • Sneezing

Here are some ways to help you cope with all of this:

  • Prepare, don’t panic!
  • Feeding into the growing panic mentality can be harmful and create chain effects that are unintended, but harmful, nonetheless.
  • Stress and anxiety are normal in situations like this, especially as more and more drastic measures are implemented to contain the spread of this virus.
  • Understand that drastic measures taken now are precautions that ultimately should result in less time that these measures need to be in place.
  • Remember that excessive and prolonged stress weakens your immune system, and while some stress is unavoidable, any stress can have negative mental and physical effects on your health.
  • To reduce stress, here are some tips:
    • Maintain your daily routine as much as possible.
    • Be mindful about what you do. This means staying present in the moment, so that you are able to complete what you’re doing well, and prevent your mind from wandering (or panicking!)
    • Focus on what you can control, which is actually quite a lot- such as practicing good hand hygiene, social distancing whenever possible, etc.
    • Get up and walk around in your office or home every once in a while.
    • Go to sleep at a reasonable hour.
    • Eat well.
    • Call friends and family to stay connected, and make sure to talk about things other than COVID-19.
    • Take deep breaths, especially when you feel your heart rate increasing and your mind racing.
  • Educate yourself from reliable news and health sources about the most up-to-date and accurate information, and limit yourself to once or twice/daily checks. Checking information several times a day will only serve to increase your stress.
    • Don’t read comments sections on news or social media sites – this will surely escalate your anxieties!
    • Do something you love everyday- maybe that’s reading a good book, watching a favorite show, walking your dogs, playing a game with your household members, or something else.
    • Talk to mental health providers- they have some excellent tips on how to reduce stress and anxiety.

Here are some tips for social distancing, quarantine, and isolation during an infectious disease outbreak from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/tips-social-distancing-quarantine-isolation-031620.pdf

 

Click here to access NATIVE HEALTH COVID-19 Resources Page

 

Due to the rapidly increasing concerns and changes related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, NATIVE HEALTH is taking preventative measures to limit any potential spreading. As many of you may know the CDC has recommended that workplaces limit agency gatherings and limit non-essential work travel. Based on these recommendations, NATIVE HEALTH has currently suspended all activities, classes, meetings and other programs until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience.