You’re hearing a lot about this, everywhere. Below you’ll find what we believe are the most important things to know, to do, and to be prepared for. Knowledge really is safety.
Where do I go if I think I may have Coronavirus?
First, don’t panic. Your symptoms could be allergies, common cold, or flu — but it’s best to be sure. You have a few different options for receiving care. If you’re showing symptoms, such as fever and cough, the safest place to be — for you and for everyone else — is in your home.
Emergency & Urgent Care
In case of medical emergency, call 911. That means difficulty breathing or another emergency medical condition. Call the ER so they can prepare for your arrival and limit your exposure to others.
Safety first: Patients only, no visitors
To protect our patients and care teams from the spread of Coronavirus, we will no longer be allowing visitors into AHN facilities. Recognizing some patients need a little extra love to manage — labor and delivery, NICU, pediatric, and end of life care patients are allowed two visitors.
Frequently Asked Questions
As of early February, AHN has implemented its Pandemic Response Policy including screening protocols established by CDC and DOH, care protocols, instructional signage for patients, screening questions, and outreach to our pre-hospital care providers.
Connect with MyChart
Plan ahead—make sure you are all set to have a video visit with a medical professional now, so you don’t have to leave the house if you do get sick.
Providers can now see you 24/7
Can I go directly to an ER? Do I call first?
In case of emergency contact 911. It is recommended to call the ER or Urgent care facility so they can prepare for your arrival. Mild cases of COVID-19 are often treated symptomatically from home or through outpatient services instead of a visit to an acute care facility.
Even with sports on hold, Pittsburghers still have a team we can all get behind—the #stayHOMEteam. Come together and stay home to support the doctors and nurses, first responders and clinical staff who are fighting against Coronavirus.
Official sites with information you may find important
Hear the latest about Coronavirus from the experts
Tune in to the latest episodes of the Confronting COVID-19 podcast featuring AHN experts, produced by Highmark Blue Shield and iHeart Production, and hosted by Bonny Diver of iHeartMedia. Get information on signs and symptoms of Coronavirus, how to help keep you and your family healthy, coping with stress and anxiety, and how to make the most of these long days of social distancing.