COVID19 Services and Updated Information
Added on 04|02|2020
At Anchor Medical, we want you to know that you and your family's health and well-being is a top priority for us. Rest assured, we are taking every precaution and implementing new technology to ensure you are getting the same high quality, compassionate, personalized care that you expect from us.
To that end, we have expanded our practice's ability to provide care by offering telemedicine visits for some routine care when appropriate. These same telemedicine capabilities are also in place to proactively screen and identify symptomatic patients of COVID-19.
The symptoms of coronavirus include fever, cough and shortness of breath occurring 2-14 days after exposure to an infected person. If you are sick or have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled, please do not come to the office or go to an Urgent Care Unit without calling first.
To get the care you need, simply call our offices as you would normally do to schedule an appointment. You will be advised if a telemedicine visit is an option for your specific healthcare concern. Click here to see what you will need and how you can prepare for a telehealth visit. If you are told that you should come to the office, take comfort in knowing our practice environments are safe and that all CDC regulatory guidelines are being followed.
Outlined below is further guidance to help you be aware of the symptoms and to protect yourself, your families and our healthcare workers.
The Department of Health recommends:
- Get your flu shot, and make sure the people around you do the same.
- Wash your hands often throughout the day. Use warm water and soap. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand gel.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow. Flu and coronavirus are spread through coughing or sneezing on other people or into your hands. Cover your coughs and sneezes to prevent others from getting sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious foods.
- Keep surfaces (especially bedside tables, surfaces in the bathroom, and toys for children) clean by wiping them down with a household disinfectant.
- Stay home if you are ill. Don't return to work until you have not had a fever (without medications) for 72 hours and until all symptoms have improved.
- Face masks are needed for people who are coughing or sick. You do not need to wear a face mask to prevent yourself from getting an infection
If you have questions about the virus, the Center for Disease Control has information at CDC.gov
The RI Department of Health also has regular updates at health.ri.gov