COVID-19 Information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Information

Please visit the CDC COVID-19 site for the most up-to-date information about COVID-19.

Topics include:

New Masking Policy effective April 10, 2023. Optional for no respiratory symptoms. Required for congestion, cough, runny nose, sore throat, diagnosed with respiratory illness such as flu or covid-19, known exposure to covid within 7 to 10 days.

Following latest data on COVID-19, Dartmouth Health amends masking policy for facilities

Michael Calderwood, MD, MPH, explains the latest science and CDC recommendations to make masking optional for asymptomatic people at Cheshire Medical Center.

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How do I get tested for COVID-19?

  • View the CDC’s COVID-19 Testing page to decide which test you need.
  • At-home test kits are available at local retail pharmacies.
  • To schedule a PCR test at Cheshire Medical Center, call your primary care provider(PCP) at 603-354-6760 or contact them via or the MyChart app.
  • Self-scheduling for a COVID drive-through test is no longer available.
  • Please wear a mask and report to Lab Registration (past the lobby of the Main Entrance) once your PCP has confirmed your appointment.
  • For PCR testing at Cheshire, most individuals would receive a saliva test; to prepare:
    • At least 30 minutes prior to sample collection: Avoid drinks, food, smoking, nasal sprays, teeth cleaning, and chewing gum.
    • At least 10 minutes prior to collection: Do NOT consume water. 
    • Follow these five easy steps to collect saliva for the test: Saliva Collection Steps (PDF)

If you test positive for COVID-19

  • If you test positive for COVID-19, notify your Primary Care team at Cheshire via myDH or by calling 603-354-6760
  • Discuss care options and if treatment could be right for you.
  • If you experience emergency symptoms, call 911 or seek emergency care. Emergency symptoms include:
    • Significant difficulty breathing
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion
    • Inability to wake or stay awake
    • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone

COVID-19 vaccination and boosters

Visit for a list of locations offering COVID-19 vaccinations near your zip code.

Or visit our vaccination page for information on receiving COVID-19 and flu shots at Cheshire Medical Center.

Masking policy

In most cases, we will not require healthy people to wear masks. There will be times a face mask is required. Including:

  • If you have been around someone with COVID-19 or infected with this virus within the last 10 days
  • If you are ill or have symptoms that include coughing, runny nose, sore throat or trouble breathing.

We are mask-friendly and continue to offer masks at no cost in our buildings. We understand that you may want any member of your care team to wear a mask when they are with you. Your care team will be happy to wear a mask if you ask them to do so.

Please review our whole Visitor and Caregiver policy

We have enhanced safety measures in place when providing in-person care. See our visitor policy to learn about your role in infection prevention at our locations.