Published on March 18, 2020

Older Adults and High-Risk Patients

Although coronavirus (COVID-19) is new, experts know that older adults and those with underlying medical conditions are being more severely affected. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), those who are at greater risk of becoming seriously ill include:

  • Older adults
  • People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
    • Heart disease
    • Diabetes

Emergency Warning Signs

If you develop these emergency warning signs, the CDC recommends seeking immediate medical attention.

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

Take Extra Precautions

Those who are at higher risk from coronavirus (COVID-19) should follow the CDC recommendations to help avoid becoming sick. For more information, visit the CDC website.

Follow all the same precautions suggested for everyone, including hand washing, using hand sanitizer, and disinfecting frequently used items.

    • Stay home as much as possible.
    • Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
    • Have supplies on hand, including medications and groceries.
    • Have a plan in case you do get sick, including deciding on a caregiver, if necessary.

Click here to view COVID-19 Resources we created for the community. These can be downloaded and shared electronically or printed.

COVID-19 Precautions

If you have a cough or shortness of breath or you are concerned that you may have been exposed to COVID-19, call the Pardee COVID-19 Helpline at 828-694-8048 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for guidance on symptom management and next steps. You can also contact your provider directly and schedule a virtual visit or schedule a visit at our Urgent Care Fletcher location which has been designated as a respiratory clinic. 

If you’re experiencing a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 and inform the dispatcher if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.