Update: April 7, 2020
COVID-19 has become a different way of life that many, or maybe, any, of us have experienced! We “Zoom” to meetings that have not been canceled. Travel anywhere away from home and family is discouraged. Paper products are rationed in the midst of hoarding. Seniors have special hours to shop. Online education is the only option. Schools are closed. The Financial markets worldwide have taken a major hit. The President has a special public health Task Force and televised updates on a daily basis.
The health care services-Hospitals, Clinics, Physicians-have implemented screening and testing policies and procedures. There is concern that our front line responders (Public safety and Healthcare) will not have the necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). There is concern that Hospitals will not have enough staffed beds and ventilators if there is a “surge” of patients.
In Kern County as of this writing there have been 246 residents that have tested positive for COVID-19. There have been two deaths attributed to the COVID-19. In the “hotspots” of the United States there is some evidence that the rate of transmission/infection (“the curve”) may be flattening. Internationally there is some evidence of that “flattening”. Here in California, and Kern County, we are optimistic that our actions for personal and social prevention of transmitting the virus will be successful.
While we may believe that to be true, we certainly must continue to deal with the individual, family and public concern with COVID-19.
Our providers, Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physicians and support staff are here to serve you.
Should you not feel well and experience flu-like symptoms, or respiratory distress or chest pain, you are encouraged to use the appointment or walk-in services of the West Side Family Health Care Clinic. Telephone visits in certain cases may be appropriate if patient and provider agree. Testing for COVID-19 is available at the Clinic if symptoms are present
YOUR PERSONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY IS VERY MUCH OUR CONCERN AND YOU CAN HELP!!!
· LIMIT HAND TOUCHING EXCHANGES/SANITIZE CONTACT SURFACES
· STAY AT HOME IF YOU ARE NOT FEELING WELL;
· SNEEZE ETIQUETTE (Google CDC)
· HAND WASHING: FREQUENT, 20-30 SECONDS WITH SOAP WATER;
· USE HAND SANITIZER THAT IS ALCOHOL-BASED;
· MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING
· BE AWARE OF CDC FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC TRAVEL ADVISORIES
Please use the following link to the CDC website to stay up to date on the Coronavirus worldwide. https://www.cdc.gov/