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Covid-19 Update

Wash Hands Frequently

Increased frequency of handwashing is one of the most effective means of preventing the spread of illness

Cover Your Cough Diligently

Covering our cough can help reduce the risk to others by reducing aerosolized respiratory droplets

Avoid Touching Your Face

Touching a surface that harbors viruses and then touching nose, mouth, or eyes is a primary mode of transmission

Stay Home If You Are Sick

If at all possible, stay home when you are not feeling well. Social isolation can do much to stop the spread of viral infections

Clinic Visit Considerations

Guidelines for your encounter

The safety of our patients, employees, and the community at large is of the highest priority at Valley Immediate Care. With that in mind, please be aware of the precautions and limitations we are putting in place during the Coronavirus outbreak to protect you, as well as everyone else.

  • If you are experiencing respiratory symptoms and have a mask, please wear it when presenting to the clinic, or accept one offered to you by our staff upon arrival.
  • In an effort to limit exposure, we are asking patients not to bring unnecessary company with them to the clinic and to ask family members to remain outside of the clinic unless absolutely necessary to directly aid with the patient encounter.
  • Please understand that we are still in a state of limited testing availability. All testing will be done on an as needed basis as determined by our providers using the latest advised testing algorithms.
  • We are implementing telemed visits and would advise as many people as possible to access our services through that channel. Note that there may be times when you start an encounter as a telemed visit where you may be advised that further evaluation may be needed.

Background


Initially detected in China, the coronvirus pandemic is now affecting over 100 locations worldwide, including the United States. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses common in both animal and human populations. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread person to person as is this case with this novel virus. On March 13th the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a pandemic, and on March 13th the United States declared a national emergency.

Severity


While the complete clinical picture has yet to be fully established, reported illnesses have ranged from very mild to severe, including illness that results in death. There are also reports of illness without reported symptoms. Information so far suggests most cases are mild in severity, but some data out of China suggests serious illness in as much as 16% of cases. Older individuals and those with severe chronic medical conditions are at greatest risk of developing severe COVID-19 illness. Fortunately at this point it appears as though younger individuals have largely avoided serious illness.

CDC Risk Assessment


The risk associated with Coronavirus can be broken into exposure risk and risk of serious illness

Risk of Exposure

  • Immediate risk of exposure is still low for most Americans, but as the outbreak expands this risk will increase. There are increasing reports of community spread cases in a growing number of states
  • People in places with ongoing community spread of the virus are at greater risk.
  • Healthcare workers caring for those with COVID-19 are at increased risk
  • Close contacts of those infected are at increased risk
  • Travelers returning from international communities with sustained community spread are at increased risk

Risk of Severe Illness

  • Older adults, with risk increasing conversely with age.
  • Persons with serious chronic illnesses like:
    • Heart Disease
    • Diabetes
    • Lung Disease

Current Testing Parameters


Governments and Laboratories around the world are working hard to increase testing capacity. Currently we are able to perform Coronavirus testing, but on a very limited basis due to supply of available tests. If Covid testing is needed, our providers are able to order the testing to be done. Please note that due to limited supply, testing will be reserved for those with significant symptoms and risk factors to retain resources for those who are most in need. We are not able to offer screening on individuals without symptoms at this time.