Concerns from Patients
Please note that as things change rapidly, Q&As and guidelines will be updated. Review this website often to ensure you have the most up to date information or consult your leader if you have concerns or identify discrepancies.
- Will wearing a mask protect me/my patients and/or residents?
Masks should be used by sick people to prevent transmission to other people. A mask will help keep a person's droplets in.
It may be less effective to wear a mask in the community when a person is not sick themselves. Masks may give a person a false sense of security and are likely to increase the number of times a person will touch their own face (e.g., to adjust the mask).
Health-care workers will wear surgical masks, eye protection and gowns in order to protect themselves and other patients. During health-care procedures in which aerosol sprays may be generated (for example, when giving certain inhaled medications), health-care workers should wear specialized masks.
- How can we protect patient confidentiality?
We are reporting only when we get a positive case, but are not sharing private patient information with the public.
- COVID Basics
- Staff safety
- Restarting patient & client services at PHC
- Self-Isolating & Travel
- Compensation & Leaves
- Screening, Testing & Treating Patients
- COVID Testing for Staff/Medical Staff
- Concerns from patients
- Providence Town Halls
- Q&A For Long-Term Care Staff
- Q&A For Long-Term Care Residents & Families
- Providence Alerts (Texts)
- Q&A for Volunteers
If you need to reach PHC’s Infection Prevention and Control Team (IPAC), please call local 69357. Do not contact individual IPAC team members.