Coronavirus Information

Washing hands and cleaning surfaces helps prevent COVID-19.

 COVID-19 Evaluation & Testing  Hours & Services  Support Middlesex

 At Middlesex Health, we are focused on caring for our community.

It is easy to feel uncertain or worried about COVID-19, but know that Middlesex Health is prepared and is continuing to provide care to anyone in need, whether or not their illness is related to the coronavirus.

Key Messages
  • Protecting You: Middlesex Health is open and providing patient care. However, we are currently closed to visitors, unless you are making a compassionate visit. // LEARN MORE
  • Patient Safety: Middlesex Health is evaluating individuals with respiratory symptoms outside of the Emergency Department at Middlesex Hospital on Crescent St. in Middletown. // LEARN MORE
  • 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
  • Support Middlesex: We are overwhelmed by the generosity of our community and are happy to accept new or homemade masks, gloves, and donations to our Emergency Response Fund. // DONATE NOW & GET HOMEMADE MASK INSTRUCTIONS

Vin Capece, President & CEO of Middlesex Health

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.

Sincerely,

Vincent G. Capece, Jr., CEO

 

 

 

 

Vincent G. Capece, Jr.
President and CEO
Middlesex Health

Call Before You Come

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.

Be sure to share any recent travel history or possible exposure to the coronavirus.

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.

Visit CT COVID-19 Website

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.

There are three main symptoms that have been reported in people with COVID-19:

  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath

Learn More about Symptoms of COVID-19

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.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

Learn More About COVID-19 Prevention

Coronavirus vs. COVID-19

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.