Health Alert: Coronavirus Information
ATTENTION PATIENTS AND VISITORS
Are you experiencing cough, fever or flu symptoms? Have you been exposed to someone that has a respiratory infection or has tested positive for Covid-19?
Please call (203) 830-4700 to notify our office prior to your appointment if you have any of the following:
- A fever over 100.5 degrees F in the last week.
- Cough, shortness of breath, headache or loss of smell/taste with or without nasal congestion in the last 10 days.
- Contact with somebody with a known Covid-19 infection without protection, including as a healthcare worker.
- Have you been swab test for Covid-19 within the last 3 weeks OR have unknown pending results to a swab test for COVID-19?
- Have you traveled to an area with high Covid-19 levels in the past 14 days? (Area defined as outlined by CT Gov. Lamont- see below*)
- If Yes – you should quarantine for 14 days from arrival back to Connecticut OR provide current negative Covid results to be seen.
Please promptly notify our office prior to your appointment if you’ve answered yes to any of the statements above.
Safety Precautions for Patients and Staff
At Advanced Specialty Care we have both been monitoring recommendations and proactively implementing protective measures for our patients and our staff. Below is an outline of measures we have deployed for your safety:
- Masks / face coverings are required to be worn at all times by patients, visitors and staff. Face masks with an external valve are not permitted unless they are covered with a second non-valved face covering or mask.
- All new appointment requests have been and will continue to be screened for symptoms and contacts. All who indicate fever or feverish feelings anytime in the last week or who have had a contact with a known infected patient are referred to our telehealth physician screening.
- On arrival all patients and related visitors are checked for fever and again have symptoms and contacts questioned. Those who meet criteria are denied access to the office and attended to through our telehealth physician service.
- We are screening patients and staff that have traveled to hotspots listed by CT governor, and must quarantine or show negative covid results. Anyone that fails the screening will be offered telehealth for an initial assessment. (Area defined as outlined by CT Gov. Lamont- see below*)
- Only one visitor is permitted in the office with each patient, others are asked to wait outside our buildings.
- A maximum of two (2) children under the age of 12 may accompany an adult patient to an office visit. Two total children per family, not per parent.
- All visitors over the age of 2 who pass criteria are required to wear a mask upon entry to our office.
- Universal precautions are firmly mandated in our office so all clinical staff and physicians when in the exam room with a patient will be wearing masks and have cleaned their hands prior to encountering the patients.
- All exam rooms are cleaned thoroughly between patient visits with appropriate disinfectants as well as all the hard surfaces in our waiting room regularly.
- All equipment used in patient care is carefully discarded or properly sterilized between uses.
- Any employees who show any signs of respiratory illness and/or fever have been sent home with their return predicated on negative Coronavirus 19 testing confirmed.
- We are deploying ‘social distancing’ in the office wherever we can for our staff and our patients.
- We are refraining from shaking hands in order to prevent the spread of germs.
We continue to do all that we can to care for our patients and, perhaps more importantly, do our part in serving the needs of our local healthcare community. Anything we can do to relieve some of the burden on primary care offices as well as the hospital and emergency room helps everyone.
We appreciate your cooperation.
*Areas with high Covid-19 levels as outlined by CT Gov. Lamont:
Executive Order Regarding Travel: Pursuant to Governor Lamont’s Executive Order No. 7III, anyone traveling into Connecticut from a state that has a new daily positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average are directed to self-quarantine for a 14-day period
As of August 11, 2020, the following locations are included in Connecticut’s travel advisory. They are:
• North Carolina
• North Dakota
• Puerto Rico
• South Carolina
• South Dakota
• Virgin Islands
• Washington (Metrics for Washington are currently under review, status may change)
This list will continue to be updated on a weekly basis as the situation develops across the country.