What you need to know about Coronavirus COVID-19

June 28, 2020

There are a lot of questions regarding coronavirus COVID-19, and we want to make sure our patients have the most current and accurate information.

Note that we are continuing to see patients for both chronic and acute medical problems through a combination of telehealth and in-person visits. Telehealth visits allow you to remain in the comfort and safety of your own home while being evaluated by a provider during a video visit. If it is determined that you need further evaluation, your provider will work with you to determine the best and safest way for that to happen.

Click here for information on what Telehealth is, and how it will allow you to get the care you need. 

How can I help protect myself and those around me?

  • Wear a mask or facial covering whenever out in public to prevent potential spread, even if you have no symptoms.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

What can I do if I am sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others?

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

What should I do if I have any symptoms of COVID-19?

COVID-19 has many different presenting symptoms. Some patients may experience little or no symptoms, while others may have:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Cold symptoms
  • New headaches
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle aches
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of taste or smell

If you develop any of these symptoms, please call the office to speak to a nurse. She will help determine if you should have a telehealth consult with a provider, be referred for COVID-19 testing, or be seen in the Emergency Room.

Please note that if you have any of the above symptoms, or 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.

For the most current information about COVID-19, please click here for the Vermont Department of Health or the CDC websites.

Patient education handouts on COVID-19.

Resources for COVID-19 Quarantine