Although Governor Sununu has announced he will not renew the State of New Hampshire’s mask mandate that expired on April 16, 2021, Exeter Health Resources and its affiliates; Exeter Hospital, Core Physicians and Rockingham VNA & Hospice will continue to require all staff, patients, and visitors to wear a surgical mask provided by the organization at all times at or within any of our off-site practice locations and while on the campus of Exeter Hospital. Further, all additional safety precautions remain in place including social distancing and frequent handwashing hygiene.
Given that COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in New Hampshire are rising, and there is indisputable evidence that demonstrates the effectiveness of masks in reducing the spread of COVID-19, we strongly encourage all organizations to continue to follow masking requirements and the public to continue wearing masks when outside the home. Wearing a mask is the most effective tool we have in the fight against COVID-19 until the State has reached its public vaccination goals. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines also support wearing masks to slow community transmission of the virus. The best way to get our community back to normal and keep our businesses and schools open is to follow masking and social distancing guidelines and encourage everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
As of April 19th, New Hampshire has expanded eligibility to register and schedule a COVID-19 vaccine to all individuals 16 and older, regardless of residency.
Please visit www.vaccines.nh.gov or call 2-1-1 to get started.
Please be sure to check answers to frequently asked questions about NH's COVID-19 vaccination process.
Update Your Medical Record - Show us your COVID-19 Vaccination Card
If you are a patient of Core Physicians and have not shown us your completed COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, please do so at your next appointment or by completing this Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination Form. We will then update your medical record with this information.
Safety & effectiveness of the vaccines and medical reasons why a person might not be able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine
Answers to frequently asked questions about NH's COVID-19 vaccination process
COVID-19 Vaccine Information Frequently Asked Questions
COVID19 Vaccine Fact Sheets: Pfizer pages 1-6 Moderna pages 7-11
The health and safety of our patients and staff remain our highest priority so we have the following policies in place:
- We are screening everyone (including employees and vaccinated patients) who enter our facilities. We will ask you a series of questions regarding your health.
- We are requiring everyone to wear a mask, including patients, clinicians and staff. This is on the hospital campus and at our offices. Masks will be provided and must be worn at all times.
- We have redesigned our processes to keep you socially distant during your visit. You will see we have clearly marked our elevators, common areas and waiting rooms to ensure proper spacing. (We may ask you to check-in online for your appointment and wait in your car at some offices until we text you to come in).
- We are taking extraordinary measures to continually clean and disinfect our facilities, especially high touch areas and rest rooms.
- If you are having a surgical procedure, a colonoscopy or other complex procedure, your physician will determine if you need to be tested in advance for COVID-19. This is to ensure there is no associated risk or impact to your recovery.
- We are not allowing visitors to accompany patients, except for end of life patients, the Family Center, pediatric patients (1 visitor), patients with disabilities and those who are unable to make their own healthcare decisions.
Exeter Hospital together with its affiliate Core Physicians is offering COVID-19 testing to the public. Due to current high demand for COVID-19 testing, it may take up to 2 to 3 business days to receive a response to your COVID-19 test request. Thank you for your patience.
If you have a Core Primary Care Physician or Pediatrician
Please call your provider’s office. They will assist you in triaging and scheduling testing based on your needs.
If you do not have a Core Primary Care Physician or Pediatrician or you are a symptomatic school student or personnel
Please call 603-580-6419
. Our hours of operations are M-F, 8:00am-2:00pm for scheduling and 8:00am-12:00pm for testing by appointment only at the Exeter Hospital parking garage. (Oversized vehicles will need to park in designated parking to the right of the parking garage entrance).
Please print and complete a COVID test registration form and bring to your appointment.
Charges you may incur with COVID-19 testing
Charges Associated with COVID-19 Testing
We are currently offering the Abbott BINAXNow rapid test for patients meeting the following criteria: Symptomatic, per CDC guidelines
, with symptom onset within past 7 days. You will be triaged through our algorithm to determine if the test that is right for you and your current situation. The rapid test, while quick turn around, does not provide reliable results for asymptomatic or patients with symptoms outside of the 7 day window.
“The preparation of this program was financed until 12/31/20 under a Contract with the State of New Hampshire, Department of Health and Human Services, with funds provided in part by the State of New Hampshire and/or such other funding sources as were available or required, e.g., the United States Department of Health and Human Services.”
Changes in Service
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COVID-19 Patient Resources
For COVID-19 Positive or Suspected Patients
What to do if You Are Sick> Click Link Open PDF
10 Ways to Manage Symptoms at Home> Open PDF
CDC - Preventing Spread of Illness in Homes> Click Link
CDC - Cleaning & Disinfecting Homes of Suspected or Confirmed Cases of COVID-19> Click Link
Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation> Click Link
What Should I Do If...> Open PDF
Costs Associated with COVID-19 Testing> Open PDF
Other COVID-19 Recommended Resources
As a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases such as COVID-19, including:
CDC - COVID-19 Vaccine
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
CDC - Considerations for Wearing Masks
CDC - Handwashing guide
CDC - Share Facts About COVID-19
CDC - View Videos on the Coronavirus Disease 2019
NH Division of Public Health Services - Frequently Asked Questions
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For the most up to date information on the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Please visit the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) or the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.