COVID-19 UPDATE: Health First Offers Advice the Right Time to Go to the Hospital

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identify your symptoms Before contacting your healthcare professional

As COVID-19 continues to spread nationwide, it is important to stay up to date on the information and guidelines put forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevent and the Florida Department of Health. (Health First image)

As COVID-19 continues to spread nationwide, it is important to stay up to date on the information and guidelines put forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevent and the Florida Department of Health.

If you or someone you are living with suspects they are experiencing symptoms that align with those of COVID-19, please follow the steps below. 

Step One: Determine if you are in an emergent situation.

If you are experiencing shortness of breath, chest pain or any other life-threatening symptoms, seek emergency medical attention immediately.  

Step Two: Understand your symptoms 

Before contacting your healthcare professional, identify your symptoms. Health First has an easy and free online tool that can help you determine if you should be tested for COVID-19. Visit HF.org to try out the symptom checker today. 

Step Three: Listen to your Healthcare Professional

If it is determined that you need a COVID-19 test and evaluation from a healthcare professional, do so. Your healthcare professional will evaluate your symptoms and determine your best plan of care.

Remember, if you are sick, it is crucial to stay at home unless leaving to seek medical treatment.

Stay in touch with your doctor, and if you develop an emergency warning sign, such as trouble breathing or persistent pain in the chest, seek emergency medical attention immediately. 

If you do go to the hospital, please be assured that our Environmental Services team is hard at work ensuring our Health First hospitals remain clean by disinfecting surfaces daily. 

For more information, visit www.cdc.gov and floridahealthcovid19.gov

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