General information about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), including resources, prevention information, and what to do if you think you’ve been exposed.
March 17, 2020
Coronavirus, also called, COVID-19, is of increasing concern in our community. As your trusted health care provider, we are working in partnership with Huntington Hospital and Public Health authorities to help keep you healthy, informed and answer your questions during this time.
General Information about COVID-19
COVID-19 can be transmitted by:
- Respiratory droplets (cough)
- Person-to-person contact
COVID-19 is not airborne, and therefore the risk of being exposed in public is still low. Those at highest risk for exposure are healthcare workers and family members caring for individuals with confirmed COVID-19.
The symptoms of COVID-19 are listed below. Please note, the presence of these symptoms does not directly indicate a COVID-19 infection, as these common symptoms can also be present with other infections, such as the seasonal flu:
- Lower Respiratory Illness (e.g. cough or shortness of breath)
Persons considered to have a higher risk of COVID-19 exposure are those who meet one of the following criteria:
- Anyone who has had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient within 14 days of symptom onset
- A history of travel from affected geographic areas – China, Iran, Italy, Japan, and South Korea
(Please note this may change)
Concerned That You’ve Been Exposed to COVID-19?
If you are experiencing some of the above symptoms and meet one of the high-risk exposure criteria, we request that you call our office immediately, in advance of visiting, so that we can minimize exposing our staff and other patients to any illness.
Based on our discussion, we will advise next steps, which could include:
- Self-monitoring at home
- A visit to our office for further evaluation
- A visit to the emergency room for further evaluation
To ensure everyone’s safety, we are implementing recommended precautionary measures in all offices. If you are issued a mask at one of our offices, we strongly advise that you to wear it properly; we can provide assistance. In addition, we ask that you please practice good hand hygiene while at our offices.
Even with these measures in place, we understand you still may not feel comfortable visiting our offices. Should you decide to cancel a scheduled appointment, please call our offices at least 24 hours in advance. We thank you for your cooperation.
Mitigation Efforts: Restricted Access To Our Offices
To reduce the potential spread of COVID-19, we will begin restricting access to our offices beginning March 17, 2020.
Please be advised all wellness visit appointments scheduled through March 27th have been canceled. If affected, you will be contacted by office staff to reschedule.
In addition, we are making the following requests of all qualifying patients:
- If you are 65 or older, please call your HHP office to discuss rescheduling any non-urgent appointments.
- If you rely on assistance getting to your appointment, we ask that only 1 person accompany you to our offices.
Again, these efforts are to reduce unnecessary person-to-person contact to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. We appreciate your cooperation.
Be advised we are NOT performing COVID-19 testing in any of our offices. If you’re symptomatic and concerned about exposure to COVID-19, please call us to speak with our medical staff. We will advise next steps. Thank you for your cooperation.
Prevention is Key
To protect yourself, please remember to:
- Practice good hand hygiene by regularly washing your hands with soap and water
- Avoid travel to the endemic areas listed above
- Refrain from touching your face, as this is a common way of transmitting the virus
- Get your flu shot! While there isn’t yet a vaccine for COVID-19, you can protect yourself and loved ones from the flu by getting your flu shot today.
If you are concerned about exposure but have none of the above symptoms and do not meet any of the high-risk criteria, we encourage you to visit one of the following credible websites for more information:
World Health Organization (WHO): https://www.who.int/
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/
Pasadena Public Health Department: https://www.cityofpasadena.net/public-health/
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/
Huntington Hospital: https://www.huntingtonhospital.org/hhpcovid19