To our valued patients,
As we navigate the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, the health and safety of our patients remains our number one concern. Hudson Valley Primary Care would like to make you aware of the precautions we are taking to ensure patient safety in addition to those recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Department of Health (DOH).
When a patient calls our office with symptoms of illness, they are screened by a Registered Nurse to assess their risk for Covid-19 infection. Questions such as whether there has been contact with a suspected or confirmed infected person; travel to an area identified by the CDC or DOH as high risk which include the areas of Westchester County, New Rochelle , New York City , China, Japan , South Korea, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy and whether symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath are present are assessed. Patients with fever and/or cough are provided with a mask to wear before entering our office and are asked to remain masked throughout their visit to protect other patients as well as HVPC staff.
All exam rooms and common areas such as waiting rooms, bathrooms and nursing stations are disinfected regularly throughout the day. Our staff follows strict handwashing procedures and hand sanitizer is available throughout the office.
We will continue to follow the most up to date CDC and DOH recommendations and encourage our patients to stay informed as well. We continue to be available by phone or via our portal if you have any questions or concerns.
For More information you can call the Dutchess County Coronavirus Help Line at 845-486-3555. You can also visit the Dutchess County Government page at: https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/DBCH/2019-Novel-Coronavirus.htm
While as of this date 3/4/2020, there are no confirmed cases of Coronavirus-2019 (COVID-19) in Dutchess County, it is important to remain aware of the proper measures to take to protect yourself and family from infection.
Coronavirus-2019 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. Early symptoms include cough, fever and in some shortness of breath. People at greatest risk of infection are those with known exposure to someone with the illness, such as healthcare workers and close family members who have cared for someone with COVID-19. Others at higher risk are those who live in or have traveled to areas with ongoing spread of the disease.
In order to provide the best care to our patients and community, the office staff will be asking anyone who complains of fever, cough or shortness of breath about recent travel as well as if they have had close contact with someone with a confirmed case of the disease.
As any virus, the best protection you can do for yourself and loved ones is to frequently wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Cover coughs and sneezes and avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Do not go to school or work with a fever.