The Colorado chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians represents the physicians staffing emergency departments throughout the state of Colorado. We are proud to be available 24/7/365 to care for our communities. As physicians on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have some important highlights and tips for Coloradans.
Information on COVID-19:
If you have concerns or questions regarding the coronavirus, please contact the CO-HELP hotline at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911. You can also visit https://www.colorado.gov/pacific.cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirus for more information on testing, treatments, safety measures and other developments. The hotline may also have updates on community testing availability.
We understand that the uncertainty of not knowing if you have the virus is upsetting. However, at this time testing capabilities in the state are limited. Please understand that you may not currently qualify for testing according to strict guidelines put out by the CDC, and therefore you may not be tested if you present to an emergency department.
Handwashing with soap and water is key to limiting the spread of the virus. Limit your exposure to other individuals and self-quarantine at home with your family. Avoid places of mass gatherings.
When to seek care:
If you are concerned you may be infected with COVID-19, contact your health care provider or the CO-HELP hotline. Those with mild illness should stay home and self-quarantine. If you develop shortness of breath, chest pain, or feel you need higher level medical evaluation, you should be seen in the Emergency Department. Please call ahead to let staff know that you are coming and that you think you may be infected with the coronavirus. If you have other emergency medical concerns do not hesitate to be seen in the emergency department.
Flattening the curve:
Social distancing is crucial to flattening the curve of disease spread. We want to limit the number of all Coloradans infected, and especially the spread of infection to our more vulnerable populations. Some individuals may not show any signs of infection and feel well, but may still be asymptomatically spreading the virus. This is why social distancing and self-quarantine are key to battling this pandemic.
There is a shortage of face masks and other personal protective equipment in our country. A mask or gloves are not useful, or necessary, for the general public. We ask that the public help preserve these resources for our health care providers who need them to stay safe and continue to provide excellent care to Coloradans in need.