STOP – READ THIS BEFORE COMING TO THE OFFICE

March 21, 2020
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If you have a cough, fever, significant new fatigue or shortness of breath, please do not come to the Thomas Chittenden Health Center without reading this first!

At-risk categories:

  • a healthcare worker caring for patients with COVID-19
  • a close contact of a person with COVID-19
  • travelers from affected countries with widespread sustained transmission (as of 3/21/2020, list includes Europe, United Kingdom, Ireland, Malaysia, China, Iran, South Korea, or any cruise, see current list here)
  • age greater than or equal to 65
  • have lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease or are otherwise immunocompromised

If you have symptoms of cough, fever, significant new fatigue or shortness of breath and you fall into any of the above at-risk categories:

  • If you feel that you absolutely need to be seen, please go to the Emergency Room.
  • If you feel that you do not need to be seen at the Emergency Room, please call us at 878-8131 and speak to a nurse or provider.

 If you have symptoms of cough, fever, significant new fatigue or shortness of breath and you do not fall into any of the above at-risk categories:

  • If you feel that you can manage at home, please remain at home and call us as needed.
  • If you feel that you need medical advice, please call us at 878-8131 and speak to a nurse or provider. Thomas Chittenden Health Center is now doing telehealth visits for ill patients, meaning that you can be “seen” and evaluated through a video visit using your computer or smart phone from your home.

If you have the above symptoms, please do not come to the office to be seen for any reason until you have spoken to a nurse or provider!

If you have been told that you should self-quarantine because of travel or a potential exposure, you should not be seen in our office for any reason, even if you do not have any symptoms.

Please be aware that you cannot go to the Emergency Room or the Fanny Allen Walk In and get testing on your own. A healthcare provider has to first confirm that you need testing and arrange for you to get testing.

There are a number of resources on our Patient Education Page. We are continually monitoring current recommendations from the Vermont Department of Health and the CDC. We sincerely appreciate your patience as we all navigate this difficult time.