Challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic reinforce our commitment to caring for every individual who seeks our care. At CMC the safety of our patients, staff and community remains our highest priority.
Below you will find basic information about COVID-19. The menus at the left will guide you to CMC specific information, including accessing care
and visitor information
What is coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. Risk of infection with COVID-19 is higher for people who are close contacts of someone known to have COVID-19.
How is COVID-19 spread?
It’s believed the virus spreads mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through the cough or sneeze of an infected person (as well as coming in contact with an infected person’s saliva through sharing utensils, cups, etc). It also may be possible, but not as common, to get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching your own face.
How do I get care if I think have COVID-19 symptoms?
People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms, ranging from mild to severe. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- Loss of taste or smell
Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
Please seek medical advice if you develop these symptoms. Contact your primary care provider to discuss your symptoms. If you do not have a primary care provider or have questions or concerns, you can contact:
- NH Division of Public Health Services at 603.271.4496
- If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 9-1-1
Coronavirus (COVID-19) self checker
If you or someone you care for is sick, use Clara, the CDC's Coronavirus Self-Checker
, to help you make decisions about seeking appropriate medical care. Answer a few simple questions and the online tool will suggest actions you can take to keep yourself and others safe. This online self-checker is NOT intended for the diagnosis or treatment of disease.
How do I protect myself?
The best way to prevent infection is to take everyday preventive actions, like washing your hands often, avoiding close contact with people and refraining from shaking hands.
The CDC recommends that the general public voluntarily wear face coverings when out in public, such as in grocery stores or the pharmacy. Don’t panic if you don’t have one. You can easily make one with a bandana or a scrap of cotton fabric and hair ties or rubber bands. Learn how to make one here along with other important information including how a cloth face mask should fit and be cleaned.
Social distancing, also called physical distancing, means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home.
- Stay at least six feet from other people
- Do not gather in groups
- Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings
Is there a vaccine or treatment?
There is currently no vaccine or specific antiviral treatment or treat COVID-19.