COVID-19 FHMC Update

Dear Flying Horse Medical Center patients,

 

We want to notify you that we are fully aware of the Coronavirus spread and are taking all precautions to ensure the health and safety of our patients and staff. Although this is a concerning time for each of us, we are well educated and knowledgeable on the most current CDC recommendations and procedures regarding this new virus.

 

In an effort to be proactive and precautionary, we would ask that if you are experiencing symptoms to include fever, cough or shortness of breath or other upper respiratory symptoms, we ask that you DO NOT WALK INTO THE OFFICE. If you are a Concierge Patient, please call our office immediately and schedule a phone appointment with a provider to discuss symptoms and course of action. Our aim in triaging patients over the phone is to decrease the number of potentially infected patients entering the facility, and in turn, reduce the contamination of our facility and spread of the virus.

 

We understand that those infected may be asymptomatic for up to 27 days, therefore if you have traveled to known areas of Coronavirus, please call our office to talk with a Provider if you have any questions or concerns. The infection is community transmitted/community acquired, therefore we will continue to stay current on the most up to date recommendations from the CDC. If you are in need of a routine visit, this may be best served over the phone or via Skype/FaceTime appointment.

 

Our goal during this time is to remain well informed, to be proactive in our evaluation and treatment of those affected, and protective of our patients and staff. We will continue to take care of each and every patient of ours like they are our family. Please do not hesitate to call our office with concerns or questions regarding the Coronavirus and the procedures we have set in place.

 

We want to reassure our patients that we will continue to take care of all of your healthcare needs whether through chronic or acute care concerns.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Aaron Fraser and PA Whitney Snow

COVID-19 Q&A

 

Q: What is COVID-19?

 

A: The COVID-19 is a new strain of the cold virus that was first detected in China. Doctors believe that this new strain of the coronavirus transmitted in ways similar to influenza – through the air by coughing and sneezing, close personal contact like shaking hands, or by touching an object that has the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands.

 

Q: What are the symptoms of the virus?

 

A: Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to a respiratory illness and include fever, cough, headache, runny nose, sore throat or difficulty breathing. A health care provider may order a lab test to diagnose the virus if a patient has symptoms and has recently traveled or been exposed to someone who is sick.

 

Q: What do I do if I think I might have COVID-19?

 

A: If you have cold/flu symptoms, you recently returned from travel or have been exposed to some with an illness, please CALL your provider and ask them to schedule a phone appointment for evaluation.

 

Q: What can I do to protect myself?

 

A: While there is currently no vaccine, there are several things you can do to reduce your risk of infection from this and other diseases: wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use alcohol based hand sanitizers, avoid touching your eyes, mouth or nose with unwashed hands, and avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you’re sick, avoid public areas and limit your exposure to others.

 

Have additional questions regarding COVID-19?
Please feel free to call the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment

 

303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911

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