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Call For COVID-19 Testing Appointment: (559) 675-2688

A physician order is required for a COVID-19 test. You may obtain a testing order from your primary care provider.

If you have a physician's order there is no cost for the COVID-19 test.

If you need a COVID-19 test you may contact one of our providers, by appointment: (559) 675-2688.

If you receive a testing order from Chowchilla Medical Center providers you will be billed for the order visit.

If you receive a bill from Madera Community Hospital for COVID-19 Testing, please contact Financial Services:
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The latest information from the Centers for Disease Control:

March 7, 2020: Madera County Department of Public Health Reports Confirmed Case of Coronavirus/COVID-19

Madera County Public Health Officer Dr. Simon Paul reports one confirmed case of Coronavirus/COVID-19 in Madera County.

Yesterday, the California Department of Public Health contacted the Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) to begin monitoring a husband and wife returning from a Princess Cruise. The couple remained isolated in their Madera County home. When one of these individuals developed symptoms, MCPDH coordinated with Madera Community Hospital for medical care and testing. The couple were received by hospital staff at the car, masked, and lead directly to an isolation room. At no time did the couple enter public areas. The patient is currently in stable condition.

This is an isolated case with a known source of transmission. The couple received one visitor at their home prior to reporting symptoms. Communicable disease staff are monitoring this individual who is isolated and does not show symptoms at this time.

Due to protected health information requirements and to protect the patient’s identity, we are not able to further disclose information about this Madera County COVID-19 case.

“We wish the patient a quick return to health. The safety and well-being of our community remains our top priority. We ask community members to take the same precautions used in flu prevention: stay home when ill, wash hands frequently, covering coughs at all times, and practicing social distancing,” said Dr. Paul.

Further spread of COVID-19 can be controlled by appropriate public health action such as surveillance, identification and isolation of cases, infection control, intense contact tracing, and isolation of persons who may have been exposed to COVID-19. Although it may seem like an inconvenience, it is temporary and essential for containment.

From California Department of Public Health (CDHP)

Coronavirus Watch

To support member hospitals and health systems in their efforts to prepare and care for patients potentially exposed to and diagnosed with novel coronavirus, CHA has compiled the latest updates, guidance, travel alerts, and other information related to the virus. CHA has also coordinated with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to host a regular update call; details from those calls can be found in the “CDPH Updates” tab.

CDPH Updates

From Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Watch for symptoms

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Take steps to protect yourself

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

Stay home if you’re sick

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Wear a facemask if you are sick

  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

To disinfect: Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.

Options include:

  • Diluting your household bleach.
    To make a bleach solution, mix:
    • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
    • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

    Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.

  • Alcohol solutions.
    Ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol.
  • Other common EPA-registered household disinfectants.
    Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens pdf icon[7 pages]external icon claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).

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