Due to the rapid spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19), we are implementing the following changes/recommendations
in our practice:
- If you have any COUGH or FEVER or SHORTNESS OF BREATH, then we will gladly assess you at our office, but you will be required to wait in your car and not in our
waiting room. Sick patients will be assessed in our separate testing area. This is to provide you the highest quality of care without compromising the immune system of our other patients.
- We can test patients for active COVID-19 infection with a (PCR) nasal swab. If you have respiratory symtoms such as cough, shortness of breath or fever
and think you may be positive for COVID-19, you MUST call ahead to schedule an appointment . We are only doing testing during limited times of the day. Test results are available in
24 - 48 hours.
- We can perform an antibody test for Covid 19 exposure but the test has important limitations. Four other coronaviruses circulated in the United States over
the last few years causing milder illness. The antibody test may be falsely positive if you had a previous infection with one of these strains. The relatively low prevalence of Covid 19 in our
community makes a "false positive" result even more likely. The antibody test may be helpful if you had a respiratory illness since January and lived or traveled to a known Coronavirus hotspot. Or,
if you were ill after intimate exposure to someone known to have Covid 19 disease. Our providers can discuss the helpfulness of Covid 19 antibody testing in an office visit.
- We will still be allowing any patient with NON-RESPIRATORY complaints to be in our waiting room and evaluated by our staff.
- For your convenience, we are now happy to offer virtual visits, where we can connect through videochat in order to perform a visit. Please
call our office for more information.
Our recommendations and reminders to all of our patients:
- Please stay at home, only go out for essentials (groceries, pharmacy). We recommend practicing social isolation in our to help “flatten the curve” of
COVID-19 infections. The CDC and public health experts state that this our only hope in slowing the spread of this illness. Please click here to learn more about this topic.
- There are not enough COVID-19 tests at the current time for everyone to get tested (as noted above, we have very limited testing). Do not go the emergency
department with a mild cough “just to check if you have it.” If you do have COVID-19, then you will risk spreading it to others. If you do not have COVID-19, you will be causing
unnecessary stress on the healthcare system and risk getting exposed. Please only got the emergency department if you are feeling short of breath.
- This is not just a disease of the elderly. It has become clear that patients of all ages can get sick with COVID-19 and have serious
complications (requiring oxygen, intubation, ICU, etc). Although children are unlikely to die from COVID-19, they still may have complications and can easily spread it to older