Coronavirus Resource Center
We know that COVID-19 (caused by the novel coronavirus) is at the top of many people’s minds. Geisinger is here to help our communities stay safe and healthy, providing guidance and keeping you updated on ways to protect yourselves and your loved ones.
Our priority has always been the health and well-being of our communities. If you need us, we’re here.
And we always will be. (Spanish coronavirus content)
Geisinger Coronavirus update: Gerald Maloney, DO, Chief Medical Officer
Top 10 things you can do
Many people with COVID are not seriously ill. If you have a fever and a cough or may have been exposed to someone with the virus, contact your physician for advice. Many people in our community may be at a higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19, such as those 60 and older and those with health conditions like diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
If we each do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19, we can help reduce the number of people who become critically ill at one time. That will help our local and national health systems better cope with COVID-19 patients.
- Practice social distancing. Don’t shake hands, avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet away from others.
- Wash your hands — often. And for at least 20 seconds. Alcohol-based sanitizers and wipes with at least 60% alcohol are good, too.
- Avoid touching your face. Especially your mouth, nose and eyes. Also, cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing to stop the spread of viruses, like COVID-19, that are spread through droplets.
- Keep surfaces clean and disinfected at your home, school and workplace.
- If you are sick, stay home from work or school, rest and drink lots of fluids.
- Think you need to be tested? If you're experiencing symptoms you think may be related to COVID-19, you should contact your primary care doctor first, who can advise on proper treatment and, if necessary, recommend further testing. Geisinger will only test individuals who meet the CDC's screening criteria. You can also call our 24/7 nurse triage line at 570-284-3657 with questions about symptoms or whether further evaluation or testing is needed.
- Get your flu shot, if you still need one and have an appointment already scheduled at one of our locations. Just ask your healthcare provider.
- Manage your care online. If you’re a Geisinger patient, message your care team, schedule appointments and access medical records (and your child’s too) online through the myGeisinger patient portal. You can also download the MyChart app for easier access.
- Get free delivery on Rx. If you’re concerned about limiting being out in public, Geisinger Health Plan members can get their medications delivered through our mail-order pharmacy.
- Stay updated on COVID-19 and Geisinger’s response by bookmarking our Coronavirus Resource Center.
If you are experiencing symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath, the best thing to do is call your doctor or our dedicated 24/7 hotline staffed by nurses who have all the latest information and can tell you anything you need to know.
We ask that you do this before heading to the ER or seeking care at your doctor’s office, unless your symptoms worsen, and you have no other options for care. The ER is a crowded place, and the risk of infection to you and others is higher there.
Updates and hospital visitation
Have questions? Visit our frequently asked questions (FAQs) pagevendor partner visit restrictions.
The best way to protect yourself is through common prevention measures like:
- Frequent handwashing
- Covering your mouth when you sneeze or cough
- Avoiding touching your face
Have questions? Call Geisinger’s 24/7 coronavirus hotline at 570-284-3657 for care guidance or to talk with a nurse.
COVID-19 symptoms are similar to the cold or flu. If you are feeling sick, the best thing to do is:
- Stay home from work or school
- Drink lots of fluids
Keep an eye on your symptoms and call your doctor if they worsen.
Emergency warning signs for COVID-19 include:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- Bluish lips or skin
- Sudden confusion or inability to arouse
If you experience these symptoms, call 911.
For the safety of our patients, visitors and employees, Geisinger has set up screening tents outside of our Emergency Departments to screen for COVID-19 or other respiratory illnesses to help prevent the disease from spreading.