Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is caused by a virus that spreads from person to person via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, much like a cold or flu. This page contains frequently asked questions about COVID-19 topics, including our visitor guidelines.

Are visitors allowed in your hospitals?

Yes, our visiting hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Click here to view current visitor guidelines.


Is anyone at higher risk of getting a serious case of coronavirus?

Older people, those with severe chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease, and those who are unvaccinated should take special precautions, like limiting exposure to crowds and wearing a mask.

How do I avoid getting sick?

  • Wear a mask, even if you’ve been vaccinated.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces like door knobs, cell phones and keyboards.
  • Stay home when you are sick except to get medical care.


What is social distancing?

According to the California Department of Public Health, social distancing is recommended to slow down the spread of contagious diseases like COVID-19. Social distancing means creating physical space between people. Avoiding things like mass gatherings and large groups of people can help limit the spread of the coronavirus. Social distancing can also mean closing buildings and canceling events. Doing these things has proven effective in prior pandemics at delaying rates of transmission and reducing illness and death.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends maintaining about 6 feet from others during this time. Not shaking hands and practicing proper hand hygiene are also really important steps to help stop the spread of the virus. Learn more ways to protect yourself and others against the spread of COVID-19.

What symptoms will I have if I’m infected?

Most seem to experience a mild to severe respiratory illness, not unlike a cold. Common signs and symptoms of coronavirus include fever and symptoms of a lower respiratory illness like coughing or shortness of breath. It is possible for it to turn into pneumonia.


What do I do if I have those symptoms?

If your symptoms are not severe, stay home rather than go to the doctor’s office and risk spreading the virus to other people. If you are showing any of the symptoms, do not go to work and don’t travel. Instead, call ahead to your doctor’s office before you make an appointment to report:

  • Your symptoms
  • Recent travels
  • Possible exposures 

How can I donate?

If you or someone you know would like to donate items to help, please email or call the donation number at (559) 459-4040. If you’d like to make a monetary gift, call (559) 724-4343 or visit

Questions about pregnancy and coronavirus?

Visit the CDC's information page about pregnancy and coronavirus.

For more information:

Visit the CDC’s COVID-19 website for the most up-to-date information on novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Fresno County Department of Public Health
(559) 600-INFO (4636) or

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