4/21 – Covid-19 Update
Hi all. Good news.
Beginning Wednesday, April 22nd, we will begin to see new patient consultations, skin care clients, and follow ups in person at the office. Video telemedicine visits will remain as an option as well. At this time as a precaution, the office visits will be restricted to persons in good health, under the age of 65, without symptoms of an acute illness. The objective is to minimize risk of viral exposure to patients in high risk groups. High risk groups for adverse outcomes with COVID-19 are currently defined by the CDC as follows:
- People 65 years and older
- People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
People of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, including:
- People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
- People who have serious heart conditions
- People who are immunocompromised
- Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications
- People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)
- People with diabetes
- People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
- People with liver disease
The office will observe precautions relative to hygiene and social distancing. This includes the provision of masks and hand sanitizer for patients. Staff will wear masks and gloves in patient care areas. Frequently touched surfaces will be sanitized frequently throughout the day. Temperature checks will be done at the front door. If you have a fever of 100 degrees F or higher or other symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, or GI problems (nausea/vomiting/diarrhea), or difficulty breathing, contact your primary care physician. Do not come to the office for your appointment please. We will reschedule it for you at the appropriate time. Companions are not permitted in the office at this time unless medically necessary. They may wait in the car or drop you off and pick you up after your appointment. Limited numbers of patients will be permitted in the office at one time. We will schedule appointments accordingly.
At this time we are awaiting guidance from authorities and surgery center facilities regarding reopening for elective surgeries. We will update you as soon as we know more. As the COVID-19 situation evolves, we anticipate that there may be additional changes to protocols, hopefully in the direction of less complexity. We will continue to stay abreast of these developments and will communicate with our patients and clients on a timely basis. We thank you sincerely for your patience, loyalty, and understanding, and appreciate your cooperation as we adjust to these new parameters.
Dr. Angelchik & Staff