COVID-19 is a disease caused by a respiratory virus that is highly contagious and for which there is not yet a vaccine. It has resulted in thousands of infections, causing illness and in some cases death. Cases have spread to countries throughout the world, with more cases reported daily.
If you are concerned you have been exposed:
- STAY HOME.
- If you have flu like symptoms (fever, cough, runny nose), call your primary care provider who can determine whether you need to be tested.
- If you have SEVERE respiratory symptoms, seek care immediately.
- For info, call our information and triage line: 410-912-6889.
Covid-19 Hotline: The COVID-19 Information and Triage Line number is 410-912-6889.
Maryland Residents: If you have questions, please call 211; Wicomico County residents and physicians can call the Wicomico County Health Department at 410-341-4600 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. Online, visit health.maryland.gov/coronavirus and www.cdc.gov for up-to-date information and resources, including the latest information on COVID-19.
Delaware Residents: Delawareans with questions about COVID-19 or their exposure risk can call the Division of Public Health’s Coronavirus Call Center at 1-866-408-1899, or 711 for individuals who are hearing impaired, from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, or email [email protected]. The DPH Call Center does not have test results. Individuals awaiting test results should wait to hear back from their medical provider. For the latest on Delaware’s response, go to de.gov/coronavirus.
I want to get tested - what should I do?
If you have worrisome symptoms and think you have been exposed, talk to your family doctor first. If you are severely ill, then please do seek treatment quickly. Our hospitals are trying to reserve tests for the sickest patients, but if you need to be tested for work purposes, here are some places to access a COVID-19 test:
- Walmart, 409 N. Fruitland Blvd., Salisbury, MD
- CVS, 1016 S. Salisbury Blvd., Salisbury, MD
- Apple Drug, 404A N. Fruitland Blvd., Salisbury, MD
- Your Docs In, Salisbury, MD 877-222-4934 call for information
- Wicomico County Health Department — Every Wednesday, Call 410-912-6889
- Somerset County Health Department — Every Thursday, Call 410-912-6889
- Delaware: Click here for Delaware COVID-19 testing sites
What's the difference between social distancing, quarantine and
Social distancing is what we all should be practicing. Quarantine is for people who were exposed or may have the virus and should not leave their residence/yard. Isolation separates known sick people from all others to the greatest extent possible.
What You Need to Know About Our Facilities and COVID-19
Visitation restrictions are currently in place due to COVID-19. Most patients are permitted one designated visitor during their stay, who must be free of COVID-19 symptoms and age 18 or over. Visiting hours are 2-6pm weekdays and 10am-2pm weekends. Masks are required. Emergency Department patients are permitted a support person at any time, but if the patient is admitted to the hospital, their support person must abide by the regular visiting hours and policies.
Exceptions to these restrictions can be made in specific circumstances, including:
- End-of-life care
- One parent or caregiver of pediatric patients as long as not symptomatic, at all times.
- Labor and delivery – one support person or postpartum helper, at all times.
The Junior Board Shop is closed. The Junior Board Cafe, located in the TidalHealth Hanna Outpatient entrance, and the Pines Cafe in the TidalHealth Ocean Pines Campus, will offer to-go meals from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
TidalHealth Alice B. Tawes Nursing & Rehabilitation & TidalHealth Chesapeake Cove Assisted Living: Visitors are permitted in an outdoor visitation trailer, available by appointment only, to protect this vulnerable population. Call 410-968-1200 to learn more.
Labor & Delivery: If you’re having a baby, you will be permitted to have a partner with you, as long as that person does not have any symptoms or exposure to COVID-19. Please keep siblings at home and introduce baby in the safety and comfort of your home upon your discharge.
Vendors: For now, we are only permitting vendors whose assistance with critical procedures is required -- unless that vendor has flu-like symptoms, in which case they will not be permitted to enter. Non-essential vendors, please refrain from visiting our facilities until further notice.
Outpatient Services: TidalHealth Family Medicine, specialty practices, labs and immediate care centers remain open for patient appointments. However, due to COVID-19 concerns and to better ensure the protection of our patients and staff, waiting rooms are restricted, and you may be asked to call upon arrival and wait in your vehicle for entry.
- All patients, including outpatients, should plan to bring and wear a mask when they come to any of TidalHealth’s locations, as should their support person if they are permitted one (Labor & Delivery, surgical cases and special needs patients).
- All patients will be verbally screened for COVID-19 risk.
- In-person requests for medical records cannot be processed at this time. Visit our patient login page for online medical record access and a printable medical release form.
TidalHealth is very grateful to everyone who has reached out to offer many different types of donations as we work through the COVID-19 crisis.
To donate food, commercial supplies or services, contact the TidalHealth Foundation at 410-543-7140.
Many members of our community have reached out and asked if they can help us by making facemasks. We believe cloth facemasks can play a role in infection prevention if used correctly.
For the safety of all:
- Avoid making facemasks if you are sick or think you might be getting sick.
- Avoid making facemasks if you have been told you have a multi-drug resistant organism like MRSA or C. diff., or if you have any open or draining wounds.
- Keep all facemask materials away from household pets.
- Be sure the area in which you are working is clean (sanitize all surfaces with a disinfectant) before making facemasks.
- Be sure to perform hand hygiene before touching facemask materials.
Instructions for making facemasks:
Possible COVID-19 Exposures
I think I might have been exposed to coronavirus. What should I do?
COVID-19 HOTLINE: A regional hotline is staffed by registered nurses from the Wicomico Health Department. The number is 410-912-6889.
First, stay home and call your healthcare provider, who might be able to determine whether you’re really exhibiting symptoms and/or are at risk, and can order a test if you have symptoms or have had exposure.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
• Shortness of breath
• In more severe cases, pneumonia (infection in the lungs)
Not everyone with these symptoms has COVID-19. Flu is currently widespread in our area and may have some similar symptoms.
Treatment for non-hospital cases is mainly supportive care with:
• Medication to lower fever such as Tylenol
• Oxygen if needed
• There are no vaccines available for COVID-19 at this time to help with prevention.