COVID-19

If you are having a medical emergency, please call 911. This page is meant to help educate you on ways to take care of yourself and how to decide where to go if you exhibit COVID-19 symptoms. It does not replace medical guidance from your healthcare provider. 

Use the links below for more information. We will update this page regularly with new helpful information.

While you are wisely staying home, we invite you to connect with us at Watermark Community Church. Our ministries are both online, and meeting in person in socially responsible ways for those that feel comfortable. We believe these resource will help to encourage you and remind you of what is true during a time that can and will be scary for many. While we should be physically distancing ourselves at this time, we should not isolate emotionally, spiritually, and mentally.​ Use the information below for regular updates on activities to do with your family at home, reminders from God's word, and ways you can self-isolate well.

For most people at this time, the wisest thing to do will to be to stay at home and self-isolate. This will help slow down the spread of the disease and protect elderly and immunocompromised individuals.

Staying at home and limiting exposure risk is the wisest decision for your physical health. We know though that it can take a toll on your emotional, social, and mental health. Watch this quick video to learn how you can care for your whole self in addition to your physical concerns during COVID-19.

What is COVID9?

COVID19 is a novel (new) strain of coronavirus. The outbreak first began in Wuhan, China but has since spread around the world. This virus is especially concerning because there is no community immunity and the rate of spread is high. For most individuals (current studies show ~80%), symptoms will be mild and you will be able to treat at home. Because this is a new virus, medical professionals around the world will be working together in the months to come to help better understand how to treat. This is why governments are taking precautionary measures to keep individuals at home and lower the rate of spread. You may be experiencing COVID19 symptoms if you feel:

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

What to do if you have COVID-19 Symptoms

COVID19 is a virus that can cause an infection in your lungs. Viruses are small organisms. There are many types that cause different illnesses. COVID19 is a novel (new) strain which means there is no community immunity. Most individuals that experience the symptoms listed above will get better with time and self care. At this point it is best for people experiencing mild symptoms to stay home and limit the potential to spread to others. Below is some information for you to consider as you care for yourself at home. You are always welcome to call one of our clinics to discuss your symptoms with a healthcare provider. They can help you determine your best course of action.

If you are unable to breath, or if your fever exceeds 104 degrees, or if you do not urinate in 24 hours go to the ER. 

How to Monitor and Treat a Fever at Home

One key symptom of COVID19 is that your body will run a fever (a temperature over 100.4) as it fights off the illness. A fever up to 102 can be helpful because it allows the body to respond to the infection. If a fever gets too high (104 degrees, after treatment), it can be dangerous and you should seek medical attention. 

 

There are ways you can monitor and treat a fever at home.  Please review the documents linked below to learn how you can help your body fight off the infection. 

Can or should I get tested?

We do have testing capabilities for uninsured patients. If you are experiencing symptoms, you should first do a TeleHealth visit with one of our providers so they can determine if testing is your best step. If you are being tested for a work or travel policy, we can see you as a walk-up patient during some specific clinic hours. If you are uninsured, please call one of our clinics for more information on testing and how you can access it.

What if my employer asks for a work note?

During normal operations, we are happy to give work or school notes to help employers and educators understand your absence. As we are in the middle of a pandemic for a virus that has no communal resistance the guidance will be the same for everyone. First, if a county in your area has issued a "shelter in place" order for non-essential employees, employers should be doing their best to keep workers at home. If your county has lifted work restrictions or you are employed in an environment that would be classified as an "essential employee" and you exhibit symptoms, you should be tested. Please reach out to our clinics to begin the process.

 

The results of your test and the types of symptoms you’ve had will affect your return to work instructions. We will provide you the correct paperwork after testing to demonstrate to your employer your next step.

 

If you have not had symptoms or a known exposure to a COVID+ patient, there is no reason for testing or a work note. If your employer is asking you to go get testing in that scenario, you can share with them this guidance from the CDC or have them call us with questions.

Other Resources

If you read through the resources above and you need additional medical care, consider the following resources:

Go to an area ER if symptoms are worsening (can't breathe, a fever you've tried to treat at home won't go <104 degrees). Call ahead to help staff be prepared:

Dallas Area Hospitals:

Medical City Dallas

7777 Forest Ln,

Dallas, TX 75230

972-566-7000

Presbyterian Hospital Dallas

8200 Walnut Hill Ln.

Dallas, TX 75231

214-345-6789

Baylor Medical Center Dallas

3500 Gaston Ave.

Dallas, TX 75246

214-820-0111

Children’s Medical Center

1935 Medical District Dr.

Dallas, TX 75235

214-456-7000

Parkland Memorial Hospital

5200 Harry Hines Blvd.

Dallas, TX 75235

214-590-8000

Plano Area Hospitals:

Medical City Plano

3901 W 15th St

Plano, TX 75075

972-596-6800

Presbyterian Hospital Plano

6200 W Parker Rd

Plano, TX 75093

972-981-8000

 

Baylor Medical Center Dallas

4700 Alliance Blvd.

Plano, TX 75093

469-814-2000

 

Children’s Medical Center Plano

7601 Preston Rd.

Plano, TX 75024

(469) 303-7000

 

Parkland Memorial Hospital

5200 Harry Hines Blvd.

Dallas, TX 75235

214-590-8000

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