COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

Am I more safe from COVID-19 indoors or outdoors?

Outdoors. When you are outside, respiratory droplets fall out of the air much more quickly than if you are indoors. With less COVID-19 virus circulating in the air, you have a lesser chance of breathing it in your mouth or nose or getting it in your eyes.

CLICK HERE to learn more about attending both outdoor and indoor activities.

Do face masks prevent COVID-19 from spreading?

By wearing a face covering, YOU the wearer, are helping to prevent potentially infecting others if you are pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic. Covering your face helps reduce the spread of droplets that are expelled into the air during everyday activities like talking, cheering, sneezing, coughing, etc.

Do I have to call ahead for Urgent Care?

Yes, you must call ahead before presenting to Urgent Care in Manchester. If you do not, you will be asked to return to your vehicle to call before entering the facility. This is for your personal safety as well as our staff's. Please call 563-927-7777.

Does my face mask need to cover my nose?

Yes. Respiratory droplets are expelled out of both your mouth and your nose. Your face mask needs to fit snugly over the bridge of your nose and chin, creating the best possible seal.

If you leave your nose uncovered, you are risking inhaling and expelling viral particles. You also risk self-contamination from the exterior of your mask.

How do I prevent getting COVID-19?

These practices will help reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19.

  • Clean your hands often
  • Get your COVID-19 vaccine
  • If you are not fully vaccinated for COVID-19, keep 6 feet of physical distance from others
  • Wear a face mask in public (that covers your nose and mouth)
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with others
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Stay home when you are sick
If I was EXPOSED to COVID-19, what do I do?

Click here for the COVID-19 Positive Patient AND Quarantine Instructions.

If you get the vaccine, do you have to keep wearing a mask?

As of May 13, 2021, according to the CDC, fully vaccinated people can:

  • Resume activities without wearing masks or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance
  • Resume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel
  • Refrain from testing before leaving the United States for international travel (unless required by the destination) and refrain from self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States
  • Refrain from testing following a known exposure, if asymptomatic, with some exceptions for specific settings
  • Refrain from quarantine following a known exposure if asymptomatic
  • Refrain from routine screening testing if feasible

For now, fully vaccinated people should continue to:

  • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations

In general, people are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

If you don’t meet these requirements, regardless of your age, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated.

Is there a vaccine for COVID-19?

Yes. CLICK HERE for vaccine resources.

Is wearing the same mask all week ok?

No. The CDC recommends routinely washing cloth face masks after each wearing. You can put them in the washing machine and dryer with other clothes.

Don’t forget, wearing a face mask does not replace the need to wash or sanitize your hands frequently or the need to physically distance from others if you are not fully vaccinated.

And, remember to avoid touching your face and face mask.

Should I be tested for COVID-19 if I was EXPOSED?

Click here for the COVID-19 Positive Patient AND Quarantine Instructions.

What do I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

Click here for the COVID-19 Positive Patient AND Quarantine Instructions.

What is an "approved face covering"?

An approved face covering is a 2-layer face mask that fits snugly to your face. When worn, both your nose and mouth needs to be covered.

Face shields and gaiters are NOT considered face coverings.

(NOTE: Per the CDC, if it is a 1-layer gaiter, it is not an approved face covering; if it is a 2-layer gaiter, it is approved per the CDC. However, at RMC, we continue to require people to wear a face mask. Gaiters are not allowed.)

What is considered being "EXPOSED" to COVID-19?

Click here for the COVID-19 Positive Patient AND Quarantine Instructions. This document includes exposure information.

What is the Quarantine Guidance for those exposed to COVID-19?

Click here for the COVID-19 Positive Patient AND Quarantine Instructions.