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  • Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

    Dear patient,

    Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula is closely monitoring the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the county and on the Monterey Peninsula. We have been working with the Monterey County Health Department, California Department of Public Health, and following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on addressing any potential and positive cases.

    We should all continue to remain diligent about preventing the spread of the virus. Those with underlying conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are more susceptible to infection.

    We encourage everyone to take the following precautions to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

    Protecting yourself:
    • Wash your hands.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces at home and at work.
    • Shelter-in-place and follow Monterey County Health Department guidelines.
    • Avoid unnecessary contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid large gatherings.
    • Get a flu shot to reduce your chances of getting the flu. Visit www.chomp.org/flu for more information.

    Protecting others:
    • Wear a face mask when you have to go out in public to protect yourself and others, as COVID-19 can be spread before symptoms appear.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately put the tissue in the trash.
    • Stay home if you’re sick. CALL your doctor if you suspect you have the virus. Symptoms may include fever, cough, shortness of breath.

    If you feel ill:
    • If you have mild respiratory symptoms, call your doctor, or consider using Montage Health’s eVisit for fast, quality care from home. Currently, the eVisit program is free for those with respiratory illnesses such as flu, allergies, or COVID-like symptoms, visit evisit.montagehealth.org.
    • If you experience severe symptoms and need to visit the emergency department, please call ahead if possible.
    • If you have a life-threatening situation, dial 9-1-1.

    Testing at Community Hospital for COVID-19 is only for people who meet certain criteria. If you are not having any symptoms, it is unlikely that you will be tested at this time at the hospital.

    Monterey County residents can now access free testing at four area sites offered by the state. Testing is open to all community members. The testing sites were chosen by the state based on locations with an increased prevalence of COVID-19 cases. You can be tested even if you do not have symptoms. Schedule an appointment online at https://lhi.care/covidtesting or call (888) 634-1123.

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