Cancer Services is aware of challenges posed by the rising number of confirmed cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in NC and we are sensitive to the needs of our clients requiring front line assistance to ensure a continuum of support during cancer treatment.
As an ongoing practice, we strive to ease the burden of accessing services and welcome digital communications.
At this time of added public health concerns, please call our office (336-760-9983) before coming by or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to begin the process of accessing services.
Thank you for your understanding, and be assured of our commitment to serve our community.
Coronavirus quick links:
- SEE THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF PLACES IN WINSTON SALEM THAT YOU CAN GET CORONAVIRUS TESTING!
- Coronavirus and Cancer Resources for Survivors
- How to Navigate Cancer in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic from Cure Magazine
- Local public radio, WFDD, has a coronavirus page with updates.
- Find science-based coronavirus websites here:
CDC – www.cdc.gov/coronavirus
NCDHHS – www.ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus
Forsyth County Department of Public Health –https://www.forsyth.cc/PublicHealth/novel_coronavirus.aspx
- NC Coronavirus Call Center (in English and Spanish) – 866-462-3821 – This number is good for general information and also if you have symptoms and need to talk to a nurse.
- Forsyth County Department of Public Health coronavirus call line – 336-582-0800
CDC GUIDELINES ON PROPER USE OF MASKS AND GLOVES:
Masks (note that cloth masks must be washed after each use):
Find CDC Mask Guidelines Here! Their guidelines also include a variety of ways to make a mask out of bandana or t-shirt. We have bandanas and rubber bands at Cancer Services and can put them out for pick up, if you need one. Call our office (336-760-9983) to request one!
Currently the CDC is not recommending glove use for the public to protect and treat COVID 19. For CDC’s overall summary regarding preventive measures check out this page.
However, they do have guides for healthcare providers using gloves, so if you want to use them, you should follow the same recommendations, which includes (From https://www.cdc.gov/handhygiene/providers/index.html):
- Wear gloves, according to Standard Precautions, when it can be reasonably anticipated that contact with potentially infectious materials, mucous membranes, or contaminated equipment could occur.
- Gloves are not a substitute for hand hygiene.
If your task requires gloves, perform hand hygiene prior to donning gloves, before touching the environment. Perform hand hygiene immediately after removing gloves.
- Carefully remove gloves to prevent hand contamination while removing them.
GET YOUR INFORMATION FROM RELIABLE SOURCES!
It is important for us to focus on science to ensure that coronavirus information and recommendations are based in fact. Social media is spreading plenty of false rumors about coronavirus, especially when it comes to health and wellness suggestions!
Let’s all be informed and wise by getting our information from reliable sources and pointing our friends and social media contacts to those places, instead of the “he said she said” network of questionable info!
A simple strategy is to get science-based information from the Center for Disease Control, the NC Department of Health and Human Services and your local department of public health.
WHAT WE KNOW FOR SURE:
- Wash your hands frequently.
– Wash your 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 with people who are sick.
- Put distance (at least 6ft) between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people over 65 years old, and those with serious chronic medical conditions, including those currently under cancer treatment.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, or sneeze into your elbow.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Get the flu shot so that you are less likely to have to go to the doctor or hospital for respiratory illness.
SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR PEOPLE WITH CANCER:
Cancer patients who are currently in treatment are among those at high risk of serious illness from an infection because their immune systems are often weakened by cancer and its treatments. Usually the risk is temporary.
Cancer patients who finished treatment a few years ago or longer have immune systems that have most likely recovered, and are at the same risk as the general public. However, each survivor’s situation is different, so talking with your doctor about your risk is a good idea.
Interview with WFBH Dr. Stacy Wentworth
We interviewed Dr. Stacy Wentworth, a Radiation Oncologist and Director of Survivorship at WFBH about what cancer patients/survivors/caregivers should know about COVID-19.
Dr. Wentworth discusses the following with us in the interview:
- What are the most important things that cancer patients and survivors need to know right now?
- For someone who is newly diagnosed, or who is currently in the middle of their treatment plan and has to physically go to the treatment center and doctor appointments, what do they need to be doing before, during and after treatments.
- For people who have completed treatment recently (in the last year), what precautions do they need to take? Are there any certain types of cancer who are at higher risk of complications if they contract COVID-19?
- For survivors who have completed treatment 2+ years ago, is their risk higher than the average public for their age?
- Looking farther into the future, what would be some prudent ways for cancer survivors to consider re-entering public life when social distancing measures are lifted?
Social distancing means limiting the number of people you come into close contact with, in order to slow the spread of disease. We need to keep the spread of coronavirus at a slow pace so that our hospitals and medical providers don’t get overwhelmed!
Many of us are social distancing at home with our families, or alone. We find ourselves with more time, less to do and some of our favorite activities cancelled.
This is a time to learn new things! Cancer Services will be sending out weekly emails with information and resources to keep you busy, engaged and connected during this time of social distancing.
Email Julie if you have questions, concerns or a suggested fun activity you think we should include in our email!
Email Gloria if you need assistance in Spanish!
COVID-19 TESTING SITES
512 Waughtown St. Winston-Salem, NC 27127
Community Care Center
2135 New Walkertown Rd. Winston-Salem, NC 27101
United Health Centers – Peters Creek
2101 Peters Creek Pkwy. Winston-Salem NC 27127
United Health Centers – The Commons
1430 Felicity Cir. Winston-Salem, NC 27101
United Health Centers – Southside
3009 Waughtown St. Winston-Salem, NC 27107
Novant Urgent Care – Clemmons
3163 Gammon Ln. Clemmons, NC 27012
Novant Urgent Care – Hanes Square
105 Hanes Square Cir. Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Novant Urgent Care – Kernersville
794 S. Main St., Suite B. Kernersville, NC 27284
Novant Urgent Care – North Point
7811 North Point Blvd. Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Novant Screening Center – Kernersville
111 Gateway Center Dr. Kernersville, NC 27284
Novant Screening Center – Highland Oaks
600 Highland Oaks Dr. Winston Salem, NC 27103
Novant Screening Center Waughtown
656 E Monmouth St. Winston-Salem, NC 27107
Wake Baptist – Peacehaven
1930 North Peace Haven Rd. Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Wake Baptist – Kernersville
861 Old Winston Rd. Kernersville, NC 27284
5701 University Pkwy. Winston-Salem, NC 27105
310 S. Stratford Rd. Suite 120 Winston-Salem, NC 27103
1024 S. Main Street Suite B Kernersville, NC 27284
3325 Robinhood Rd. Winston-Salem, NC 27106
5001 Country Club Rd. Winston-Salem, NC 27104
606 Coliseum Dr. Winston-Salem, NC 27106
* The sites listed provide testing for COVID-19. Some require an appointment and/or a referral from a health care provider. Locations are subject to change.