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What it Really Means to ‘Stay at Home’

What it Really Means to ‘Stay at Home’

In light of the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, millions of Americans across the United States have been asked to stay home to help slow it’s spread—including the residents of Virginia and West Virginia. With this stay-at-home order in place, it is essential for everyone to understand when it is and isn't appropriate to leave the house.

Social Distancing Checklist

While there are times when it is appropriate to leave your house while the stay-home order is in place, it is essential for the safety of our community that you abide by social distancing guidelines. If you are considering going outside, please:

  • Always remain at least six feet away from other people.
  • Wear masks and mouth covering while in public spaces.
  • Refrain from non-essential gatherings
  • Self-quarantine if you are ill or experience symptoms or suspect that you have COVID-19.
  • Clean your hands often. Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

When Can I Leave the House?

Although it is required that residents stay indoors, we also understand that there are essential reasons to leave your home.

If you find yourself second-guessing your decision, here are the times when it is okay to head out.

  • To get essentials and groceries.
  • Taking care of a friend or family member.
  • For limited outdoor activities or exercise.
  • Traveling to and from work.
  • Seeking medical attention.
  • Seeking law enforcement or emergency services.

Please remember that the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to follow proper social distancing precautions.

Valley Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

At Valley Health, we are dedicated to putting the health and wellness of our community first. We are closely working with the CDC, Virginia Department of Health, and West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources. If you have respiratory symptoms or think you have been exposed to COVID-19, please call your doctor.

All Valley Health practices, including family medicine, specialty practices and Valley Health Urgent Care and Quick Care centers, are offering telehealth virtual visits. To learn more about seeing a doctor from the comfort of your home, visit

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