Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
Please be assured that NCHS is taking necessary steps to keep our patients and staff informed and aware of information as it becomes available.
As coronavirus (COVID-19) cases have increased in San Diego County, NCHS is working to provide the most appropriate and safest care to all of our patients. IF YOU ARE SICK, PLEASE STAY HOME. Call NCHS if you feel your illness is severe enough to require care. Also, patients should reschedule any non-critical appointments by calling 760-736-6767.
For up-to-date information on the coronavirus, please visit:
If you have general questions about coronavirus disease, call 2-1-1 to speak to someone.
In order to give you the care you need from the comfort of your home, we are offering virtual visits. Connect directly with providers via video or phone call. No insurance necessary and new patients welcome. Contact us at (760) 736-6767 to see if a virtual visit with one of our providers may be right for you. Click here to learn more about Virtual Health.
NCHS is excited to announce our new Call-In Clinic! Beginning Saturday, April 25th you will have quick access to call in and speak to a provider about your urgent healthcare needs during our normal business hours. Just call us at (760) 736-6767 to speak to a provider.
Food Resources Near You
During the Covid-19 pandemic, it is critical that everyone has access to food for themselves and their loved ones. Click here for resources and to find a food distribution near you.
What is the Coronavirus?
This virus can cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more serious respiratory diseases. This recent strain, known as 2019 Novel Coronavirus (nCOV), has been linked to people who anyone who recently traveled out of the country or have come in close contact with a person confirmed with 2019 nCOV infection.
How is it spread?
Human Coronavirus is most commonly spread through:
- Coughing and sneezing
- Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
- Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands
- Rarely, fecal contamination
What are the symptoms?
- Difficulty breathing
- Severe illness
How can I protect myself?
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 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
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick and 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
What steps are being taken at NCHS?
- MAP is screening any callers with symptoms.
- If they recently traveled out of the country and have fever and respiratory symptoms, their call is forwarded to RN for triage and local public health department is called for consultation. The Public Health Nurse will advise whether or not the patient will be seen in the clinic.
- All patients are being screened outside before they come into the clinic are screened for travel and symptoms consistent with Coronavirus. If a patient has recently traveled outside the country and/or is experiencing symptoms, they may be asked to wear a mask and will be cared for at one of NCHS’ outdoor clinics (San Marcos Health Center and Mission Mesa Pediatrics in Oceanside). Patients will be asked to wait in their car until a provider is able to see them.
Home Isolation Instructions
The following instructions are for people who have or might have Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and their families or caregivers: click here
Where can I get more information?