FAQs & Resources

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Frequently Asked Questions 

What is Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)? 

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory illnesses of varying severity. COVID-19 has been shown to cause mild to serious illness, including death. Symptoms can include cough, fever and shortness of breath and typically appear 2-14 days after exposure. Older adults and those who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for more serious complications from the virus. Because COVID-19 is spread through person-to-person contact, the best way to avoid getting sick and keep at-risk community members safe is to prevent transmission. 

I have an appointment with a Chesapeake Regional Medical Group provider or at a Chesapeake Regional Healthcare location, but I am concerned about COVID-19. Should I cancel my appointment? 

We have implemented safety measures on behalf of our patients, visitors and caregivers. Call your provider ahead-of-time to see if your appointment can be scheduled via telehealth. We now offer virtual provider options for all of our medical offices and specialty areas. For a list of providers visit our Locations page.

Only your doctor can decide if you need to come on-site to your appointment. If you have a fever, cough, diarrhea or shortness of breath, or are concerned you have COVID-19, we ask that you do not come to one of our facilities without calling your primary care physician.

How can I keep my family safe?

You can do your part to keep yourself and your family safe, and prevent the community spread of this very serious and contagious virus, by following all current local, state and Federal government isolation regulations and:

  • Covering your sneeze or cough in your elbow
  • Avoiding touching your face with unwashed hands
  • Quarantining yourself if you’re sick
  • Staying home (unless you are essential personnel)
  • Avoiding travel and large gatherings
  • Practicing social distancing by staying at least 6 feet away from other people
  • Cleaning frequently touched objects and surfaces with disinfectant
  • Cleaning your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Using hand sanitizer if soap and water are not readily available (make sure it contains at least 60% alcohol) 


Treatments are available for certain people diagnosed with COVID-19.

There are a few different options for people who are at high-risk for developing severe illness from COVID-19. Some treatments have been shown to reduce the severity of the disease, reduce the chance of being hospitalized, and even reduce the chance of death. The Commonwealth of Virginia has an ample supply of medications to treat people who are eligible for treatment. If you are at high-risk for developing a severe case of COVID-19, be familiar with these treatment options and talk to your healthcare provider as soon as you develop symptoms. How do I know if I’m high risk? Here are some factors to consider in understanding if you are at high-risk and should talk to your healthcare provider about COVID-19 treatment options:

  • Age 65+
  • Weakened immune system (could be due to medication, such as anti-rejection medication for transplant patients, cancer chemotherapy, etc., or underlying illness that weakens the immune system such as advanced HIV disease, end-stage kidney disease, etc.)
  • Chronic diseases or conditions o Heart, liver, lung, or kidney diseases
  • Tobacco or substance use
  • Organ or stem-cell transplant
  • Mental health conditions
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Cancer
  • Dementia
  • Diabetes
  • Pregnancy

What treatments are available for COVID-19?

Talk to your healthcare provider as all require a prescription, and they can discuss specifics about your condition and the option best suited to get you on your way to recovery. Refer to the Virginia Department of Health website for the most up to date information about treatment options, considerations for each, and how to obtain them.

COVID-19 Treatments



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Vaccines are the Safest and Quickest Way Back to Normalcy

Thanks to rising vaccination rates and much sacrifice, COVID-19 levels in the community were recently recorded at their lowest point since the pandemic began. While that’s wonderful news, the work to contain this virus is regrettably incomplete.

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Q&A: Your COVID-19 Vaccine Questions Answered

After a very difficult year, COVID-19 vaccines are ushering in hope for 2021. Two vaccines have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are being distributed as I write this article. When your turn comes to get a COVID-19 vaccine, I urge you to get one.

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What Does Coronavirus Do the Lungs?

We have previously written about when to worry about your cough. In this blog, we answer some common questions about what coronavirus and a COVID-19 infection may do to the lungs and other organs.

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COVID-19 Prevention and Developments: Thoughts from an Infectious Disease Physician

COVID-19 has changed much about our lives this year, but by exercising vigilance and following the guidance of the health care community, we can find a way through (and back to normal).

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Parenting Strategies for the Pandemic (or any Major Life Change)

During uncertain times, like the pandemic, when our plates are spilling over, a bit of thoughtful preparation can help keep your head above water and your mind in a positive space.

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Staying Healthy at Chesapeake Regional

Read Dr. McCue’s discussion of the importance of continuing your regular health care during this crisis and what we’re doing at Chesapeake Regional to keep you healthy.

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It's OK to Not Be OK: 5 Ways to Cope With Your COVID-19 Anxiety

These feelings arise in the face of uncertainty as indicators for the brain and nervous system to make changes to improve our chances of survival. And COVID-19 has certainly made life as we know it more than a little uncertain.

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When Should I Worry About My Cough?

In today’s world, an ongoing cough is enough to get anyone’s attention, but certain symptoms can signal that your cough is urgent.

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Mindset Matters: Shift Your Thinking to Reduce Pandemic Anxiety

COVID-19 likely has you feeling a bit anxious. Shifting your approach can help you think positively and cope during this uneasy time in history.

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Staying Healthy During the COVID-19 Crisis

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory illnesses of varying severity from a mild “common cold” to a more severe illness like SARS, MERS-CoV and now the COVID-19. 

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Keeping You Safe at the Birthplace

Learn how our team is working to keep moms and babies safe during their stay at The BirthPlace.

Staying Well During COVID-19

Learn the importance of visits with your Primary Care Physician during COVID-19 with Dr. Jessica Brawley.

Identifying and Treating a Stroke

Learn the importance of identifying and seeking immediate treatment for a stroke with Dr. John Baker.

Safety at Chesapeake Regional Healthcare

Learn more about what we’re doing to keep our patients, visitors and staff at Chesapeake Regional Healthcare safe during these unprecedented times.

How Can I Keep my Kids Safe When They go Back to School?

Get recommendations on how to keep your kids healthy from Tiffany Silmon, Director of Infection Prevention and Control at Chesapeake Regional Healthcare.

What are the Differences Between Influenza and COVID-19 Symptoms?

Learn to spot the differences between flu and COVID-19 symptoms. 




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