COVID-19 Information

Please use this page for information on COVID-19, Cheshire Medical Center's response to the pandemic, and tips on how you can keep you and your family safe.

What’s on this page?

Photos of Keene-area vaccine recipients surrounding the text "Let's get vaccinated! We Can Do It!"

We Can Do It!

Mary Pierce, RN, infection preventionist at Cheshire Medical Center, shares her thoughts on the importance of the vaccine and what we can all do every day to stop the virus.

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Is information about COVID-19 available for non-English speaking or Limited English Proficient (LEP) community members?

Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Information in Other Languages page provides resources for non-English speaking or Limited English Proficient (LEP) community members and American Sign Language (ASL) users.

How does COVID-19 spread?

Covid-19 spreads most easily through close contact from person to person, such as between people who are physically near each other, or through the air in enclosed spaces. Learn more about close contact

Without symptoms

People who are infected but do not show symptoms can also spread the virus to others. In fact, evidence suggests people may be most likely to spread the virus to others during the 48 hours before they start to experience symptoms. This is why wearing a mask is important if you are not fully vaccinated. Learn more on the CDC's COVID-19 Spread page.

How can I help prevent infection?

Please visit our COVID-19 Prevention and Caring for patients at home pages.

What if I need medical care and I may have COVID-19?

If you have been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 10 days or have symptoms that may be COVID-19, please call ahead if you plan to seek any kind of medical care. This includes coming in for scheduled appointments.

You can reach Cheshire Medical Center at 603-354-5400 if you already have a scheduled appointment. Your provider may schedule a telemedicine virtual visit with you instead. 

For home-care recommendations from a nurse or to schedule testing, call 603-354-6700.  

  • Press one (1) to request a testing appointment.
  • Press two (2) to speak to a nurse for recommendations.

For Urgent Primary Care Visits, including urgent virtual visits and possible respiratory evaluation, call 603-354-5484.

How can I be tested for COVID-19?

Please visit our COVID-19 testing page.

What is the difference between quarantine and self-isolation?

View NH DHHS information on quarantine (PDF) and self-isolation (PDF).

Additional questions and references

The following resources are provided to assist our community in locating information and resources about COVID-19.

State Department of Health

Please reference the State Department of Health for the state in which you reside for the latest local/state related information.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers leading information about the U.S. response and guidance centered on COVID-19. Topics include:

Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Patient Education


Situation maps are available from many resources. We recommend the World Health Organization situation or Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center status map:

National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) offers guidance on your risk of coronavirus infection and precautions if you are being treated for cancer. 

Information for pregnant patients

For women who are pregnant or nursing, COVID-19 brings lots of questions unique to this experience. Dartmouth-Hitchcock's FAQ will help address these questions and concerns.

Providing skilled care to COVID-19 patients

Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the country earlier this year, hospitals were taxed in unprecedented ways. This fall, Cheshire staff have been planning for the respiratory virus season that awaits.

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