Use remote healthcare options. Reschedule in-person visits. Do not go to the ER unless you have an emergency.
Routine, elective or non-urgent health needs
Non-essential medical care like eye exams, teeth cleaning, and elective procedures must be cancelled or rescheduled. If possible, health care visits should be done remotely.
Contact your health care provider to see what services they are providing.
If you are feeling sick, please first call your doctor, a nurse hotline, or an urgent care center.
Prescriptions and pharmacy trips
Drug stores and other medical supply stores are allowed to operate. When possible, have the drug store deliver your prescription medicine to your home. If you must go out to get medical supplies or prescriptions, send one person from the household and limit trips to reduce exposure.
Getting to my doctor or hospital
If possible, walk or drive yourself to healthcare. If you are sick, have someone else in your home take you and try to maintain social distance if at all possible. Try to avoid exposing others to any germs you have, especially if you are seriously ill.
If you have Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) like a surgical mask or N-95 mask, wear that to prevent exposing others. If you don’t have that, you could use a face covering, like wrapping a clean scarf around your mouth and nose to try to reduce droplets when you cough and sneeze.
Other health care options
If you need mental health services, optometry, acupuncture, eastern medicine, chiropractic, massage, and medical cannabis, you can go if your health care provider decides these services are essential for your health.
Under a health order, any routine appointments or elective procedures should be postponed.
Anything that can be done remotely, by phone or online, should be.
Your provider should screen you by phone for coronavirus symptoms before you leave home. If you go, use social distancing and personal protective equipment during the visit.
If you need a prescription, have it delivered to your home if possible. This includes medical cannabis.
Health care settings
Visiting hospitals, nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities or residential care
Most visitors are not allowed in health care settings.
There are limited exceptions, such as if you are going to the hospital with a minor who is under 18 years old or someone who is developmentally disabled and needs assistance.
Public Health Orders addressing coronavirus prohibit non-necessary visitation to these kinds of facilities. If you need to know more, please contact the facility you want to visit by phone before you leave.
This is difficult, but it is necessary to protect hospital staff and other patients.