Coronavirus 2020

2019-coronavirus

 

 COVID-19 Control Plan

  • We have a COVID-19 Control Plan in place to keep our patients, our staff, and our community safe
  • Screening. We screen all visitors to our building for temperature and symptoms
  • Facial Coverings. All patients and staff at South County Internal Medicine are expected to have a facial covering at all times. If you do not have a mask, please ask the screener and one will be provided for you.
  • Social Distancing. We practice social distancing; we removed chairs in our waiting room and may ask you to wait in your car until the provider is ready to see you. Signs on the floors indicate six (6) feet of separation; plexiglass shields were installed to protect our staff and our patients.
  • Hand hygiene. We installed touchless sanitizer dispensers in our waiting room and at the front desk. Please sanitize your hands before going in to see the providers.
  • Cleaning. We have an active cleaning program in place to reduce the risk of transmission of infectious diseases. All high touch services are disinfected every four hours. All patient equipment/surfaces are disinfected after every patient encounter.

What you need to know about COVID-19

What is coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during  an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

What if I need care?

  • As your healthcare providers, we are open and available for your healthcare needs.
  • Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are not accepting any walk-in appointments.
  • Please call ahead (401-789-0283) and schedule an appointment with your provider.
  • We screen all staff, patients, and visitors to our building. Anyone with a temperature or respiratory symptoms will be asked to leave and call the office. We will coordinate a telemedicine visit for you.
  • We suspended Saturday in-office visits until further notice. If you need care on a Saturday morning, please call the office from 9 am-12:45 pm (401-789-0283), and we will arrange a telemedicine appointment with a covering provider.
  • If you have a fever or respiratory symptoms, please CALL the office and we will arrange a telemedicine appointment for you.
  • We are here to care for you and your family during this difficult time.

What if I need a return to work note?

The current guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) do not require a return to work note. Click here for a link to directions.

How do I stay safe?

  • Handwashing and social distancing are the two key steps you can take to protect yourself and your family during this outbreak.
  •  Wash your hands for 20 seconds with warm water and soap several times a day, and after touching any surfaces and prior to eating.
  • Use hand sanitizer whenever you cannot wash your hands.
  • Social distancing involves keeping a distance of  least six (6) feet between persons.
  • Use good cough/sneeze etiquette. Cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands.
  • Please try to assist any family members who may be particularly vulnerable ( over 60 years old, chronic conditions, or are immunocompromised). Shop for them, and leave the groceries. Do not visit in person. Call, text, or email to stay in touch. They will appreciate your thoughtfulness.
  • Avoid groups of more than five (5) people
  • Stay home and self isolate  if you have a temperature or any respiratory symptoms

Reliable Resources:

 Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Rhode Island Department of Health

 

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