GENERAL COVID-19 INFORMATION
CDC Covid-19 Website The best source for regularly updated, general Covid-19 information Hint: Scroll down to the bottom of this website to see daily updates.
CDC Covid-19 Información La mejor fuente de información general de Covid-19 actualizada regularmente
Symptoms of Covid-19 Information on symptoms, what to do if you or a family member is sick, and when to emergency medical attention.
VACCINE SIGN-UP INFORMATION
Call the State of TN Health Department Covid-19 Vaccine Registration Hotline 866-442-5301 OR use the links below to sign up for an appointment:
State of Tennessee Covid-19 Vaccines Phases Find out who can be vaccinated. Scroll down to see a description of phase/group (1a1, 1a2, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 2c, 3).
Shelby County Appointments Scroll down to see and sign up for either FIRST DOSE or SECOND DOSE appointments available at many different locations. You will see "Sign Up" by available appointments.
Who can be vaccinated?
The vaccinations are being given to certain groups/phases based on age and risk factors. Here are the State of Tennessee plan for getting each group vaccinated: https://covid19.tn.gov/covid-19-vaccines/vaccine-phases/#1a1
Should you get tested for Covid-19?
Call your health care provider if you think you may have Covid-19 and follow your doctor's advice. If you have Covid-19 symptoms or know that you have been exposed to someone with Covid-19, you may want to tested and/or quarantine yourself to avoid making others sick.
Where can I get tested?
The Shelby County Health Department office in Millington does FREE testing for 15 years old and up by appointment only. Call to schedule: 901-222-9949, Monday-Friday 8-4:30.
Other Testing Locations in Millington:
Fast Pace (901)614-4455
People's First (901)873-0930
What to do if you think you have the coronavirus (Covid-19)?
1. Call your doctor. If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.
2. Review CDC information and try their Coronavirus Self Checker. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/testing.html
3. 10 Things You Can Do to Manage Covid-19 at Home https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPoptbtBjkg#action=share
Should I go to the emergency room or call 911?
The CDC suggests that immediate medical attention is necessary if you think or know you have the new coronavirus and are experiencing:
- Difficulty breathing
- Persistent chest pain or pressure
- Confusion that you weren’t experiencing before
- An inability to get up
- A blue tint to your lips or face
What is telehealth and how can I consult with a doctor without leaving my home?
Telehealth Introduction Video (2 minutes)
If you already regularly see a general practitioner or specialist, you can call their office and see if they already offer telehealth services or are planning to start soon. If you were looking to schedule with a new physician soon, call the clinic or doctor’s office where you planned to make an appointment and see if they offer telehealth services or are able to direct you to a provider who does. Contact your insurance company to make sure the visit is covered.
If you don't have insurance, the average cost of a telehealth appointment is usually less than an in-person visit, about $79.
Will medicare cover the coronavirus test and treatment?
From this link: https://www.medicare.gov/medicare-coronavirus
- Medicare covers the lab tests for COVID-19. You pay no out-of-pocket costs.
- Medicare covers all medically necessary hospitalizations. This includes if you're diagnosed with COVID-19 and might otherwise have been discharged from the hospital after an inpatient stay, but instead you need to stay in the hospital under quarantine.
- At this time, there's no vaccine for COVID-19. However, if one becomes available, it will be covered by all Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (Part D).
- If you have a Medicare Advantage Plan, you have access to these same benefits. Medicare allows these plans to waive cost-sharing for COVID-19 lab tests. Many plans offer additional telehealth benefits beyond the ones described below. Check with your plan about your coverage and costs.
- Scammers may use the coronavirus national emergency to take advantage of people while they’re distracted. As always, guard your Medicare card like a credit card, check Medicare claims summary forms for errors, and if someone calls asking for your Medicare Number, hang up!