COVID-19 Preparedness Q&A


COVID-19 Preparedness

Questions and Answers


  • As the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, continues to make news around the world, it is important for you to know how Russellville Hospital is prepared and ready to respond. We are working closely with the local and state departments of health, as well as the CDC, to assure that we continue to take appropriate precautions.
  • The following FAQ will be updated as new information becomes available to assist with questions that you may have.

What is COVID-19?

  • COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, is a new disease thought to spread mainly from person-to-person o Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) o Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Does Russellville Hospital have limited number of collection kits?

  • Yes, the facility can collect the test but the test itself is sent to an outside testing for processing and the results are electronically sent back to Russellville Hospital.

Can anyone get a test?

  • If you are sent to Russellville Hospital’s Emergency Department the physician will do an assessment and follow CDC and ADPH guidelines to determine if you qualify for testing
  •  What does an assessment consist of?
  • The physician will ask you questions, complete a physical exam, and do laboratory testing

Will I get a COVID test because I went to the Emergency room?

  • The physician will ask you a series of questions, perform the assessment which includes a physical assessment and laboratory testing. The physician will follow guidelines set by the CDC and ADPH to determine if you need a COVID test.

Are there criteria for getting tested?

  • The criteria are
    • Do you have a cough, fever, or trouble breathing?
    • Have you traveled outside the country or been in an area in the US where COVID has community spread?
    • Have you had Direct contact with someone who has tested positive?
    • Do you have Severe acute respiratory syndrome of unknown cause?

Are there restrictions to public gatherings?

  • The CDC recommends restricting to 50 people or less in a setting, but it is best not to attend social gatherings


What do I do if I am sick?

  • Call your PCP
  • Stay at home and follow your PCP or providers direction
  • Monitor your symptoms
  • Get rest and stay hydrated
  • If you have an appointment and you are feeling sick call ahead to your doctor’s office
  • Cover your cough and sneeze
  • Wash your hands often
  • Stay away from others
  • Avoid sharing personal items
  • Clean all surfaces often, especially door handles to cars, and homes, steering wheel in your car, and all other surfaces you come in contact with often


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