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At UPMC, we continue to move forward in implementing our COVID-19 response measures. Our testing capabilities are rapidly increasing, and we have expanded our testing footprint beyond Pittsburgh, opening locations in Altoona, Erie, Harrisburg, and Williamsport. 
 
We were fortunate that our communities started with low rates of COVID-19 infection. The positive effects of social distancing and isolation, as well as UPMC’s ability to track each case we test, tell us our infection rates remain lower than other regions. Hopefully, this trend persists. At the same time, we remain committed to providing superior care to the relatively few cases that have been admitted to our hospitals and to protecting the safety of our staff and patients as we navigate these challenging times.
 
As a reminder, if you feel you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, you should call your doctor or use UPMC AnywhereCare, where a doctor will assess your condition online.  
 
For other health issues, such as more common flu symptoms or previously scheduled appointments, many UPMC primary care doctors and specialists can provide convenient video visits through MyUPMC. You can find more information about both these services in the articles below. 
 
Finally, we would like to recognize all our physicians today on National Doctors’ Day. They remain committed to providing the very best care for their patients during these challenging times. At the same time, we also want to recognize and thank all our nurses, technicians, and other employees who continue to provide our patients with the high-quality care they have come to expect from UPMC. 
 
As always, we are here for you, and we thank you for choosing and trusting UPMC.
 
Leslie C. Davis
Senior Vice President, UPMC
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Health Services Division  
Steven D. Shapiro, MD 
Executive Vice President, UPMC
Chief Medical and Scientific Officer
President, Health Services Division
If you believe you were exposed to the coronavirus but aren’t showing symptoms, call your doctor for advice. Practice routine precautions, such as social distancing.
 
If you have symptoms that are flu-like, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath, call your primary care doctor. If you do not have a doctor, use UPMC AnywhereCare. A video visit from home limits the spread of infection, and if needed, UPMC can guide you safely to the next care site. 
 
UPMC Urgent Care and Primary Care walk-in locations cannot collect specimens or test for COVID-19. They are open to treat minor illnesses and injuries.
 
If you are experiencing severe symptoms, such as trouble breathing, you should visit an emergency department in your community for immediate care.
 
If you can, call ahead of time so staff may prepare for your arrival and prevent the spread of any illness. Do not delay if you have severe breathing problems. Visit our COVID-19 Facts page for more information.
 
Do you have an upcoming appointment scheduled with your doctor or specialist, or do you need to schedule a new appointment? There’s no need to cancel. 
 
See your doctor via your smartphone, right from the comfort of your home, with a MyUPMC Video Visit. The process is easy and convenient. 
 
Call your provider’s office or our UPMC Referral Line at 1-800-533-UPMC from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. 
 
 
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UPMC doctors took part in a press briefing on Friday, March 27 to discuss COVID-19 preparedness and community surveillance efforts. Research reveals that COVID-19 is in the Pittsburgh region but is not widespread.  
 
Data shows containment efforts in the region, such as social distancing, should continue. UPMC is encouraging these behaviors by rapidly expanding the availability of video visits for both scheduled and urgent care visits through MyUPMC and UPMC AnywhereCare

Watch the full press briefing for more information.
Listen as Tami Minnier talks to KDKA’s Marty Griffin about UPMC COVID-19 response efforts. “We have the resources that you need. We have the supplies you need,” Minnier says. Listen to the interview.
For the safety of our patients and staff, and to lower their likelihood of exposure to any illness, including COVID-19, UPMC began temporarily restricting visitors beginning on March 24. Before visiting a UPMC facility, please refer to our full list of restrictions to see how it applies to you and your family.
UPMC will close all ambulatory surgery centers and consolidate all medically necessary surgeries and procedures to its hospitals. These actions were taken to help protect staff and preserve protective equipment. 
 
The closures do not include UPMC Urgent Care Centers or UPMC Hillman Cancer Centers, which will remain open.
UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital has suspended all prenatal and other consumer education classes until further notice. 
 
We are working to identify our most well-attended classes and turn them into virtual classes, so you and your family can receive the education and support you need during this time.
 
Expecting parents are invited to register for a complimentary online learning module that includes childbirth preparation, newborn care, and more. To learn more or to register for this free module, visit our classes and events page.
 
Two virtual tours have been created to help familiarize you and your loved ones with UPMC Magee and what you can expect during your stay. Check out our full tour and a more specific tour of our OB services for expecting families.
While we’re all taking precautions not to come into physical contact with the coronavirus, it’s important to take some mental health precautions as well. Visit UPMC HealthBeat to learn some practical ways to cope with anxiety.
 
 
Thank you for subscribing to UPMC’s weekly coronavirus email updates. Look for the next email update on Monday, April 6, 2020. 
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