To Our Patients in the DFHC Family,
The COVID19 virus is in Virginia. This is our first update with more to come. We are doing our best to provide for your healthcare needs as well as keep our staff, providers and patients safe.
Effective Monday, March 16, 2020:
- Patients coming to DFHC for a scheduled evaluation and have ANY FEVER OR UPPER RESPIRATORY INFECTION (URI) SYMPTOMS including SORE THROAT, COUGH, RUNNY NOSE OR SHORTNESS OF BREATH will be asked to remain in your vehicle when you arrive. Please let us know ahead of time if you have HAD EXPOSURE TO A KNOWN COVID19 POSITIVE person.
- All patients with FEVER or URI symptoms should please call us at 434-326-7059 to let us know you are here and waiting in your car. You will be interviewed over the phone before a provider comes outside to see you. There will be designated parking spaces for you to park after arrival.
- Based on our evaluation of your condition we will advise you on our recommended course of action, including testing you for influenza and CoVID19 if appropriate. As of today the testing for CoVID19 is limited. We expect this will change as we move forward and will send further notices.
- If you have NO FEVER OR URI SYMPTOMS please feel free to schedule an appointment as usual or you can keep already scheduled appointments as you are able.
- If you are ILL at time of a follow up appointment or complete physical with even mild symptoms- PLEASE CALL TO CANCEL OR RESCHEDULE that appointment to a time when you are not ill.
If you believe you are ill with mild symptoms (fatigue, mild fever, sore throat, runny nose, body aches) and you do not need to seek medical care, you should be aware that CoVID19 can present with mild symptoms. Please be cautious about hand washing (20 second minimum), disposing of tissues and reducing exposure to others especially those who are elderly or have underlying lung and heart disease. Please remain at home while you recover.
Please wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face. Getting adequate rest, being in nature, being mindful, managing stress and eating healthy as well as avoiding smoking are going to be our best advice to recover from as well as prevent any virus.
Below are websites with further information regarding CoVID19:
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to both provide you with the care you need while simultaneously keeping you safe.
Your DFHC Family