As the COVID-19 pandemic grows, many health care systems across the country are beginning to become overrun with patients experiencing symptoms that are common to many illnesses. To alleviate the pressure on health care workers, here is a guide from the University of Alabama at Birmingham to help you determine whether you have a cold, the flu or allergies or are indeed infected with COVID-19.
Click below to learn more about important detailed information, including symptoms and transmission of COVID-19.
Montgomery, Ala. – The Alabama Department of Mental Health and The Alabama Emergency Management Agency stand together, more prepared to assist citizens in the state with additional resources related to COVID-19 mental health needs, with the awarding of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) AL APART TOGETHER grant for Fiscal Year 2021.
The state now offers crisis resources, help and information through regional providers, through one easy to access statewide Information Line, 1-888-442-1793.
Any individual, including but not limited to, children, older adults, individuals with disabilities, healthcare professionals, first responders, and administrators working on the frontlines who are experiencing stress or anxiety related to COVID-19, may call the Information Line at 1-888-442-1793. The Information Line will connect individuals with appropriate staff and programs in their local communities to provide vital resources and services.
“We are grateful for another opportunity to provide Alabama citizens with links to essential supports, during this challenging time of the pandemic,” said Dr. Ileeia Cobb, Director, Office of Policy and Planning, ADMH.
When an individual seeks assistance from the Information Line, several options are available, including referral services, online support groups, educational materials for social distancing, quarantine, and isolation, and emotional wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak, and managing anxiety & stress techniques. For more details on the Information Line, please contact the ADMH Office of Public Information at firstname.lastname@example.org, 334-242-3417.
As the number of cases of COVID-19 increase, so does the associated anxiety.
For the general public, the mental health effects of COVID-19 are as important to address as are the physical health effects. And for the one in five who already have mental health conditions – or the one in two who are at risk of developing them – we need to take personal, professional, and policy measures now to address them.
For the past several weeks, MHA has been using its unique database to monitor daily this increase in anxiety. According to our screening data, we experienced a 19 percent increase in screening for clinical anxiety in the first weeks of February, and a 12 percent increase in the first two weeks of March. This suggests that our screeners are not just “worried well.” Instead they represent thousands of people whose lives and sense of well-being are being severely impacted by concerns about the virus.
As things unfold in the coming days and weeks, MHA will continue to monitor anxiety. To aid individuals and communities during this time, MHA has compiled a range of resources and information.
How should you continue guarding your mental health during this current pandemic? Read about how to manage anxiety and wellbeing as we continue to learn more about COVID-19 and how we proceed in the coming months.
As millions of people across the United States face greater stress and depression during the pandemic, many existing organizations—national, state, and local—have created and shared resources for mental health and substance use prevention. Check out different organizations that are still providing mental health services and support even during this very difficult time.
Since the novel coronavirus emerged in December 2019, prompting stay-at-home orders in some states as early as March 2020, daily life changed for many of us and, as of January 2021, hadn’t fully returned to normal. This includes how we access medical and other healthcare services, including substance abuse treatment. When an individual is ready to tackle their substance use disorder (SUD), time is of the essence. Any delay or interruption might derail their ability, willingness, or desire to seek treatment for misuse of alcohol or drugs. Even after rehab, aftercare services such as therapy and support groups are needed to help prevent relapse. Learn more about how to access these services through telehealth and other national mental health services online.
Worried about how COVID19 has affected kids’ mental health? Brightline offers COVID19 Behavioral Health Indicator (COBI), which is an anonymous survey that will take you about 10 minutes to complete. It’s a set of 30 questions focused on four key areas that may be linked to kids’ behavioral health. After taking COBI, you can use the information as a starting point to talk with a healthcare provider about your kids' mental health.
Hello fitness friends! We're just writing to let you know that Keon's classes have been moved to Tuesday evenings at 5:00pm. We hope you can join on his new day!
Here's the latest Facebook Workouts Schedule:
If you have no idea what we're talking about, that's OK. There's a lot going on in the world right now. Just know you can still get healthy and move your body at home with our FREE workouts on our Facebook page on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning! Hosted by our partner, Wellness Coalition.
Flu season has always been a time of slight panic because no one wants to get sick. This year is even more frightful due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There are a few simple things you can do to ensure that you do not have a flu scare:
The Wellness Coalition is partnering with organizations to provide flu vaccination information to communities in the 42 census tracts within Macon, Montgomery, and Lowndes counties, which have high-minorities with low-education. Reaching these communities can help reduce uncertainty and debunk myths about the flu vaccine that have been circulated.
There has been more Coronavirus testing sites developed in the local Montgomery, AL area ever since 2020. If you need to visit a testing site, please check with the appropriate site for more information. Listed are examples of some sites that you are welcome to check out.
Ivy Creek Healthcare is taking precautions in an effort to help decrease the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. They now have an official collection site that is open, known as “COVID-19 Collection Clinic”.
Monday-Friday 7:00 AM- 7:00 PM
500 Hospital Drive Wetumpka, AL 36092
Military-grade tent in the parking lot of the ER at Elmore Community Hospital
Patients are asked to call 334-514-3713 and get an appointment before arriving on site. Further instructions will be given at the time of the phone call. Screening criteria will be approved by ADPH and our providers will be available for an order.
All Ivy Creek locations will remain open for business, and they ensure that all necessary precautions are being taken to keep the spread of germs to a minimum. Patients can go online for a list of all service locations hours of operation and any special instructions. We encourage all patients to call their primary care office if they feel sick and get instructions before arriving at your provider’s office.
In an effort to respond to and prevent further spreading of Coronavirus (COVID-19) activity in the State of Alabama, Baptist Health is pleased to open the first drive-up COVID-19 Screening Clinic in Central Alabama.
7:00 AM- 7:00 PM, 7 days a week
2936 Marti Lane
Former Governor’s House AFC PriMed facility off the Southern Bypass
24/7 Phone Line available
No patients will be seen without an appointment. If symptomatic, a concerned patient should call (334) 747-0150 to make an appointment. The patient will be asked a series of questions per the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) decision tree.
If the patient meets certain criteria, they will be instructed to present at the clinic at a specific time and park in one of ten designated parking spaces. When a patient arrives on-site, they should remain in their car at all times.
A Baptist Health team member will approach the car, assess symptoms, and administer screening if needed. All of this happens while the patient remains in the comfort of their own car in order to prevent the spreading of germs in a waiting room setting.
Whether the patient is screened and swabbed for COVID-19 or not, they will receive clear next steps from the medical provider. It is our goal for this clinic to provide a fast, convenient means for suspected Coronavirus patients to receive the best care possible while protecting as many people as possible from exposure.
In an effort to prevent further spreading of Coronavirus (COVID-19) activity in the State of Alabama, Baptist Health is pleased to announce the next step of its response plan with the opening of a drive-up Coronavirus Care Clinic in Prattville. Just one week after opening Central Alabama’s first drive-up Coronavirus Care Clinic in Montgomery, Baptist Health follows the same model in Prattville.
8:00 AM- 5:00 PM, 7 days a week
350 County Road 4 West
24/7 Phone Line available
No patients will be seen without an appointment. If symptomatic, a concerned patient should call (334) 747-0150 to make an appointment. This phone number is the same for both clinics. Patients who meet criteria and require an appointment will be asked about their specific location in order to determine which clinic they will go to. Like before, Baptist Health team members will ask the patient a series of questions per the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) decision tree. If an appointment is required, the patient will be given a specific time to arrive and will then park in one of ten designated parking spaces.
When a patient arrives on-site, they should remain in their car at all times. A Baptist Health team member will approach the car, assess symptoms, and administer screening if needed. All of this happens while the patient remains in the comfort of their own car in order to prevent the spreading of germs in a waiting room setting. Whether the patient is screened and swabbed for COVID-19 or not, they will receive clear next steps from the medical provider.
It is our goal for this clinic to provide a fast, convenient means for suspected Coronavirus patients to receive the best care possible while protecting as many people as possible from exposure.
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