COVID-19 Notice: Information, how to access to care and visitation policies. Learn more.
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COVID-19 Symptoms

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

COVID-19 can cause more severe respiratory illness. If you have any of the emergency warning signs listed below, you should contact your medical provider immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Bluish lips or face

If You Have COVID-19 Symptoms

If you have experienced, in the last 14 days, fever or chills/rigors/shaking, muscle or body aches or pain, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, fatigue, congestion or runny nose, OR if you have been in contact with anyone who is suspected positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days, please call your health provider’s office or Barton’s COVID-19 Clinical Health Line at 530.600.1999.

Prevent COVID-19 Infection

Residents and visitors play an important role in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the community. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) advocates the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus:

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home except for essential needs/ activities.
  • Practice physical distancing – stay 6 feet away from people.
  • Wear a cloth face mask if you leave home.
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. If surfaces are dirty, clean them using detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow or a tissue. Wash hands afterwards.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home and away from people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.
  • If you smoke or vape, consider quitting. Smoking and vaping causes harm to the lungs.
  • Follow guidance from public health officials.

Watch the World Health Organization's (WHO) handwashing video and/ or review the CDC's handwashing guidelines.

Face Masks

Face masks are required for entry into Barton Health medical offices/ facilities. Per California and Nevada state orders, face masks are required when out in public spaces.

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Do not use a face mask meant for a healthcare worker.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for physical distancing.

Duke University scientists tested 14 types of masks for the level of effectiveness in stopping droplets expelled during speech.