The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has fully approved the Pfizer Bio-N-Tech COVID-19 vaccine for people 16 and older — making it the first to be fully licensed for use in the United States. We anticipate full approval for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 Vaccines for adults as soon as the FDA has conducted its final analysis. For more information, please click the button “FDA Fully Approved Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine (Comirnaty) Information.”
The FDA has authorized a third shot of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines as a booster shot. These shots are now available to immunocompromised people and are anticipated to be available to Pfizer and Moderna-vaccinated people eight months after the date of their second shot, beginning around September 20. The J&J vaccine data is currently being evaluated for booster shot efficacy and information on this vaccine’s booster shot will be provided when available. For more information about the booster shots, visit “Vaccine FAQ” below.
We are closely monitoring updates from the World Health Organization (WHO), the infection rate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and virus tracking systems.
If you have a medical emergency, call 911 and tell the dispatcher about your symptoms.
Unless it is an emergency, stay home if you feel sick, even if your symptoms are mild. To reduce your risk of catching or spreading illness, do not go to work, school or public places, and avoid public transportation if possible.
If you feel like you need medical care, you are encouraged to call before you go to a doctor’s office or urgent care center and describe your symptoms over the phone. You can also access a telehealth primary care provider at bsahs.docsoncall.com. If symptoms are severe, you can also call 911.
Answer Questions to Determine Your Risk
When you call a healthcare provider, you will be asked about your risks for COVID-19.
You may be asked:
Practice Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette
Masks are recommended for everyone in a public setting.
Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and hot water. Be mindful to wash your hands after sneezing, blowing your nose, coughing or using the bathroom, and before preparing or eating food.
COVID-19 may be prevented by frequent, thorough hand washing, coughing into a tissue or the crook of your elbow, staying home when sick and limiting contact with people who are infected.
COVID-19 is caused by the novel 2019 coronavirus is now called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, or SARS-CoV-2.
A vaccine to cure COVID-19 is available.
Currently there is no vaccine for the new coronavirus. Scientists have begun working on one, but developing a vaccine that is safe and effective may take months.
You can protect yourself from COVID-19 by taking acetic acid or steroids, or using essential oils, salt water, ethanol or other substances.
None of these recommendations protect you from getting COVID-19, and these practices may be dangerous. The best ways to protect yourself from this coronavirus, and other viruses, include:
We are committed to treating every patient who needs medical care. Our expert, well-trained clinicians regularly care for patients with severe respiratory illnesses and other infectious diseases. Our providers and staff follow best practices, using recommended tools and techniques to protect themselves, including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
We are closely monitoring updates from the World Health Organization (WHO), the infection rate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other tracking tools.
We will rely on our emergency management plan and practices to care for suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Family members and friends are encouraged to communicate with patients via FaceTime, phone calls and text messages.
We are also screening employees who have symptoms.
Additionally, BSA community events and classes are postponed until further notice.
The materials used to care for infected patients are isolated and handled using the most current infection-control practices.
For the safety of all, our environmental care staff uses evidence-based disinfection procedures and products. We are confident patients entering our facility for inpatient or outpatient care are safe.
We understand the public’s high level of concern and are committed to protecting our patients’ privacy.
COVID-19 is a type of coronavirus. It was first discovered in 2019 in Wuhan, China.
Symptoms include cough, fever and shortness of breath. COVID-19 can be severe and some cases have caused death. COVID-19 can be spread from person to person. It is diagnosed with a laboratory test.
There is no vaccine for coronavirus. Prevention involves frequent hand-washing with soap and water, coughing into a tissue (throw away immediately) or the bend of your elbow and staying home when you are sick.
For the safety of our staff, patients and their families, we have implemented the following visitation guidelines from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily:
• Non-COVID patients in Labor and Delivery, Neonatal ICU, Pediatrics and the Pediatric ICU may have 2 adult visitors at a time. Visitors for Neonatal ICU must be the parents or guardians of the patient.
• All other non-COVID patients may have 1 visitor at a time.
• COVID positive and suspected patients may have 1 visitor per day for a 30-minute period. Full PPE must be worn.
• All Emergency Room patients may have 1 support person during their visit.
All visitors must be 18 years old or older, pass a health screening, wear a mask and stay in the patient’s room for the duration of their visit.