Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

A Message for Our Patients About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Are you worried about coronavirus?

St. Lukeʼs has taken measures to promote the safety and health of the communities we serve, but we can’t do it alone. You play a major role during this unprecedented crisis. There are steps you can take to stay safe and healthy:

  • Wash your hands – Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds throughout the day, especially after touching commonly touched surfaces, before eating and after using the restroom.
  • Avoid large crowds – The best thing you can do for the safety of everyone in our community is stay home. Minimizing exposure to the virus is our first and best line of defense.
  • Know the symptoms – A dry cough, fever and chest tightness are all symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Keep your scheduled doctors’ appointments – schedule a St. Luke’s Virtual Visit. Your health care needs don’t stop, and neither do we. Call your primary care or specialty care doctor to arrange for a virtual visit from the comfort and convenience of your home. St. Luke’s is here for you. Stay Home. Stay Healthy.
  • Stay-up-to-date – Stay connected by checking updates on our website.

If you are ill:

  • Stay home – If you feel sick, contact your health provider and he/she will inform you of next steps. We are reserving COVID-19 tests for people who exhibit symptoms to conserve resources.
  • Call your St. Lukeʼs Physician Group practice.
  • Download the St. Luke’s App and utilize the video visit feature to connect with a doctor.
  • Call the St. Luke’s Coronavirus hotline at 1-866-STLUKES (785-8537), option 7 or email us at

The 24/7 hotline is staffed by St. Lukeʼs nurses who can provide information and guidance based on the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The hotline is not a substitute for the advice of a physician or, when necessary, medical attention.

What is Coronavirus & COVID-19?

Coronaviruses are a type of virus. There are many different kinds, and some cause disease. A newly identified type has caused a recent outbreak of respiratory illness now called COVID-19. Read more about Coronaviruses and COVID-19 in our FAQs.