The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) symptoms include cough, fever, and shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Other symptoms are persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, and blush lips or face. If you are experiencing any kind of respiratory trouble, to help limit exposure, please call your health care provider before coming to Southcentral Foundation or the Alaska Native Medical Center hospital.

Calling ahead allows providers to conduct a phone screening that will help identify the level of risk associated to the symptoms. Providers will make a recommendation that best supports the health of every customer-owner while minimizing the potential of the transmission of illness. In the case of a medical emergency, do not hesitate to visit the emergency department at the Alaska Native Medical Center.

Once a screening is completed, the provider will decide whether testing is recommended. At this time, there is no treatment for COVID-19; the current approach for care is to treat the symptoms. Individuals who are mildly ill may be able to isolate and care for themselves at home.

SCF is testing for COVID-19 on a case-by-case basis in accordance to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations. Individuals who are at risk, such as those living with blood disorders, chronic kidney disease, chronic liver disease, diabetes, metabolic disorders, heart disease, and lung disease or who are currently or recently pregnant should seek prompt medical attention if experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19 or if the preexisting condition worsens.

If you go to your provider while you are sick, please ask for a face mask to wear during the appointment. Anyone who is placed under active monitoring who are self-monitoring should follow instructions provided by their local provider, health department, or occupational health professionals, as appropriate. 

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