At The HSC Health Care System, we are working closely with our local health agencies to protect and care for our patients. We would like to provide you with news and updates about the coronavirus (COVID-19) within the DC area and have implemented strategies to limit the spread of the disease in our community. Please use the buttons below to access updates and resources during this time.
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COVID-19 General Information
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that is caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. It can spread from person to person and is currently spreading in our community. You can learn more about COVID-19 on these websites:
- CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 Page
- DC Health Department's Coronavirus Website
- Maryland Department of Health Coronavirus Page
- Virginia Department of Health Coronavirus Page
What has HSC done to prepare for COVID-19?
HSC follows a strict set of infection prevention protocols determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as local health departments.
Should I wear a mask if I do not have any symptoms?
The CDC advises only people who have symptoms to wear masks. If you are healthy and have not been around anyone with symptoms, you do not need to wear a mask.
I am concerned that I may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus. Should I go to Urgent Care or the Emergency Department?
If you believe that you may have been exposed to the virus, or are concerned about your symptoms, first call your primary care provider and follow their instructions. In an emergency, go to your local Emergency Department or call 911.
How does this virus spread and what can I do to protect myself and my family?
Coronaviruses are typically spread through direct contact with someone who has an infection (like touching or shaking hands) or touching something that someone with the disease may have touched, and not washing your hands right away.
To help limit your exposure to this virus, wash your hands often and especially before touching your face or eating. Clean all surfaces like counters, doorknobs, phones, keyboards and any areas that you touch by using a household disinfectant or a cleaner that contains bleach.
The CDC has the most up-to-date guidance on how to prevent or limit your exposure.
If you have questions or are concerned about COVID-19, please refer to recommendations from the CDC.