Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

During these stressful times, the health and safety of our member practices including their patients, staff and the communities they serve, are our number one priority. The COVID-19 recommendations are very fluid and have been changing daily. We are actively following the recommendations from the CDC as well as CMS, AAO, AOA, and many others as we make decisions involving our partners. We are caregivers at heart and the idea of discontinuing our daily calling to serve patients is hard to accept, however, our guidance is to ensure everyone’s safety.

FAQs about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information provided by CDC on COVID-19:

Potential mitigation activities according to level of community transmission or impact of COVID-19 by setting.

None to Minimal

  • Know where to find local information on COVID-19 and local trends of COVID-19 cases.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and what to do if symptomatic:
    • Stay home when you are sick
    • Call your health care provider’s office in advance of a visit
    • Limit movement in the community
    • Limit visitors
  • Know what additional measures those at highrisk and who are vulnerable should take.
  • Implement personal protective measures (e.g., stay home when sick, handwashing, respiratory etiquette, clean frequently touched surfaces daily).
  • Create a household plan of action in case of illness in the household or disruption of daily activities due to COVID-19 in the community.
    • Consider 2-week supply of prescription and over the counter medications, food and other essentials. Know how to get food delivered if possible.
    • Establish ways to communicate with others (e.g., family, friends, co-workers).
    • Establish plans to telework, what to do about childcare needs, how to adapt to cancellation of events.
  • Know about emergency operations plans for schools/workplaces of household members.

Minimal to Moderate

  • Continue to monitor local information about COVID-19 in your community.
  • Continue to practice personal protective measures.
  • Continue to put household plan into action.
  • Individuals at increased risk of severe illness should consider staying at home and avoiding gatherings or other situations of potential exposures, including travel.

Substantial

  • Continue to monitor local information.
  • Continue to practice personal protective measures.
  • Continue to put household plan into place.
  • All individuals should limit community movement and adapt to disruptions in routine activities (e.g., school and/or work closures) according to guidance from local officials.
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