COVID-19 Safety and Resources
In this unprecedented and uncertain time of world-wide pandemic we are here for you! We can do this, together!
While older people and individuals with underlying health conditions are at higher risk for complications from COVID-19, we feel it is important for everyone to minimize their exposure to this virus to lessen the impact on our community and healthcare system. We fully support:
- Masking for just about everyone over age two
- Washing hands often
- Practicing smart physical distancing
With winter coming and cases rising, this is more important than ever! Keep gatherings limited to just your immediate family, please do not bring separate households together. Let’s keep working together, for everyone!
If you answer YES to any of the following questions we may need to reschedule, please call our office.
- Has the patient/anyone in the house been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed or under investigation for COVID-19 in the last two weeks?
- Does the patient have a temperature 100.4 F or higher?
- Has the patient or anyone in the house had any cold/flu like symptoms in the past two weeks?
- Has the patient or anyone in the house experienced recent loss of taste or smell?
- Has the patient or anyone in the house tested positive for COVID-19 in the last two weeks?
- Has the patient or anyone in the house been out of state in the last two weeks?
We want to assure you that our office is prepared for COVID-19 and remains committed to the best ongoing care for our patients and families.
- We have developed a comprehensive triage system to decrease the potential impact to our patients.
- We have a separate screening and rooming process, including a separate entrance and rooms, for all patients with respiratory symptoms and/or fever >100.4.
- We have removed magazines and books from all rooms and are asking patients to check-in by calling the office when they arrive in the parking lot, remaining in the car until a nurse directs you to enter, going directly to a private room.
- We are in direct contact with the Vermont Department of Health and are keeping up to date on the rapidly changing recommendations from the CDC and Department of Health.
- We are determining when testing is indicated, guidelines are always changing.
- We will continue universal precautions for all patients and disinfection as per guidelines of all surfaces between patient visits.
It is important that anyone who has a fever, cough or shortness of breath call us. Our clinical staff will review your symptoms and risk factors and make a decision on the best care for you/your child.
We recommend that you stay up-to-date on current information using sources who reference fact-based information. See the list below for sources we trust for evidence-based information. In addition, we have worked to compile various resources to support your family during this time.