At Middlesex Health, we are focused on caring for our community.
We are going above and beyond to provide the safest possible care to all patients, whether or not their illness is related to the coronavirus. We will continue to provide updates and access to resources to help you and your family stay safe and healthy during these challenging times.
- COVID-19 Testing: At this time, COVID-19 testing at Middlesex Health is available to patients having surgery at Middlesex Hospital and by appointment for existing patients at our Primary Care, Family Medicine, Infectious Disease, and Pulmonary Medicine offices. Testing is also available at Middlesex Health Urgent Care in Middletown. Please contact your Middlesex Health provider if you believe you need to be tested. For all other patients and community members, please visit 211 of Connecticut to find testing sites in our community.
- Food for the Frontline: Donations will be used to purchase meals and snacks from local retailers for frontline workers at Middlesex Health. // CONTRIBUTE TODAY
- Protecting You: Middlesex Health is open and providing patient care in person and through Virtual Visits—and we have resumed elective surgeries. We are asking that all patients who come to our facilities for an appointment wear a face mask. // SEE ALL SAFETY INFORMATION
- Cancer Screening: It is important to keep up with your routine health care—including cancer screenings like mammograms and colonoscopies. // LEARN MORE & SCHEDULE SCREENINGS
- Pregnancy & Birth Center: We have specific guidelines in place to protect moms, babies and families. Patients are allowed ONE support person, and visitors are not allowed at this time. // SEE ALL GUIDELINES
We are asking all patients who come for appointments to wear a cloth face covering or surgical mask.
Children under the age of two are not required to wear face coverings. For additional guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics, please click on the link(s) below.
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- How You Can Help
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Information & Health Tips from Middlesex
If you had COVID-19 and are now fully recovered, you may be eligible to donate plasma, which is a component of blood.
Plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients contains antibodies that may be helpful in treating those who are seriously ill with COVID-19.
As we work together to navigate the coronavirus emergency, Middlesex Health is now offering Virtual Visits—also called telehealth or telemedicine visits—with providers. This will allow you to have certain types of appointments over Zoom, an easy-to-use videoconference program that works with your phone, tablet, or computer.
Virtual Visits are currently available at Middlesex Health Family Medicine and Middlesex Health Primary Care, as well as our Center for Behavioral Health, Multispecialty Group and Surgical Alliance.
From Vin Capece, President & CEO
To Our Community:
We know that many of you may be worried about the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Middlesex Health is addressing the health needs of our community and is ready to help you if needed.
For updated information and resources about COVID-19, please explore this page (MiddlesexHealth.org/ready).
New information will also be shared on our Facebook page: @MiddlesexHealth.
We are in constant communication with local and state officials, as well as with other health systems in Connecticut. Our doctors, nurses and other staff members are providing care to anyone who needs it, regardless of whether they may have COVID-19.
Middlesex Health encourages you to follow the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help limit the spread of the virus. Be sure to wash your hands well with soap and water, stay home when you are sick and cover any coughs and sneezes.
If you do get sick, follow the advice of your medical provider. If you are concerned that you or a loved one has COVID-19 symptoms, please call your primary care physician before heading to an emergency department or urgent care office. They will be able to help you determine your next steps.
By following the CDC’s advice and looking out for one another, we can help keep our community healthy. I have every confidence that, together, we will get through this latest health crisis.
Vincent G. Capece, Jr.
President and CEO
If you are concerned that you or a loved one has symptoms of COVID-19, the first step is to contact your primary care provider.
They will be able to recommend the next best steps for your and your family.
Resources, Links & Contacts
This is the time to prepare but not to panic, and we want to help our community stay informed. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the State of Connecticut are two of the most important sources of information for Connecticut residents.
If you have questions about COVID-19, you can contact the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health for information. Start by visiting their website (ct.gov/coronavirus), which has the latest data on cases in Connecticut, as well as updates about state guidelines.
You can also call or text the state hotline, but please check the state website for information first, as many FAQs are answered there.
- call 2-1-1
- texting "CTCOVID" to 898211
Frequently Asked Questions
The CDC is providing frequent updates as public health experts learn more about the coronavirus and COVID-19. However, there is some basic information you can use to help keep you, your family, and the community healthy.
The CDC has updated the list of major symptoms reported in people with COVID-19. Cough and shortness of breath remain the two primary symptoms, and several others, including fever, chills, muscle pain and new loss of taste/smell, have been added.
Always call 911 if you have a medical emergency. If you think you might have COVID-19, please notify the operator If possible, put on a mask or cloth face covering before medical help arrives.
If you are concerned that you or a loved one has symptoms of COVID-19, the most important step to take is to follow the advice of your medical provider.
- Please call your primary care provider before heading to an emergency department, urgent care center or any medical office.
- Your provider will help you determine the next best steps. This may include simply staying home.
- When you talk to a medical office or provider, be sure to share any information about travel or potential coronavirus exposure as soon as possible so that they can best help you.
There are several simple steps you can take to reduce your risk of illness from the coronavirus and the flu.
The CDC recommends the following:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- The CDC recommends that all Americans wear a cloth face covering if they have to leave home for essential reasons, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy.
Both terms are being used in the media—what's the difference?
- Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that are common in people and some animals. The novel coronavirus that is currently causing illness in countries around the world was identified in people for the first time in 2019.
- COVID-19 is short for coronavirus disease 2019. This is the name of the illness caused by the novel coronavirus.