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Laurel Health Talks COVID-19 Preparation

How to Lessen the Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Our Community

By Kristy Warren


While no novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases have been reported in our area, the Laurel Health Centers have been hard at work behind-the-scenes for months preparing. 


Laurel Health Center President & CEO James A. Nobles sat down with the Wellsboro Home Page and Tioga County's commissioners to share what Laurel has been doing to prepare for COVID-19 and what you can do to keep your community safe. 



1) It's normal to feel anxious or worried, but don't panic. Panic leads to irrational decisions and overreactions. It does not help us be better prepared. If you are having trouble coping with uncontrolled stress or anxiety over Coronavirus (COVID-19), our Laurel Behavioral Health providers can help. Call 570-723-0620. Appointments can be conducted over the phone.


2) Wash your hands often for a full 20 seconds with soap and warm water. To make sure you're spending enough time at the sink, mentally sing or hum through "Happy Birthday" twice. If you can't get to a sink, use hand sanitizer with 60% or more alcohol and rub in thoroughly until your hands are dry.


3) Keep your distance. Social distancing is the key to slowing the spread of COVID-19 and ensures healthcare facilities aren't overwhelmed by too many sick patients at once. Avoid crowds and unnecessary travel. Keep 6 feet between you and others. If you absolutely need to run to the grocery store or use public transportation, plan your trip for an off time when there will be fewer people and keep your distance. Check if your local pharmacy has home delivery, curbside pickup, drive-thru, or mail options to get your medications. 


4) Stay home if you're sick. If you're feeling under the weather, do your part to stop the spread of illness by staying home to recover. Drink plenty of water; take medications as prescribed; wash your hands often, especially after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose; and call your doctor if your condition does not improve with time or worsens. 


5) If you need care, don't just walk in, CALL AHEAD. By calling ahead, you allow staff to properly screen your risk, advise you on your next steps, and prepare for your arrival without exposing other patients. If you have a fever and respiratory symptoms like a cough, sneeze, runny nose, or shortness of breath, you will be asked to wear a mask. Not sure when or how to seek care? Follow this handy chart


We each play an important role in slowing the spread of this illness and lessening its impact on our community. Remember, don't panic. Follow the health safety tips above, and if you have COVID-19 symptoms, call your doctor. The Laurel Health Centers are here for you. Always. We will make sure you receive the care you need when and where you need it. To reach the Laurel Health Centers, call 1-833-LAURELHC (1-833-528-7354) or click here to visit our contact page


For more preventive tips, visit laurelhc.org's COVID-19 resource page.