Information About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

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We understand the growing concern surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) across the communities we serve. The health and safety of our patients, physicians, and staff is our top priority. U.S. Dermatology Partners has been actively preparing its offices, physicians, and employees to identify possible patients with the COVID-19 virus and to prevent transmission to themselves, other patients, and visitors. We have created a Clinical Response Team to review our response as the situation evolves. Visit this site for updates and changes.

Office access is restricted to “day of” appointment patients only. We are limiting the number of patients in our office at one time. If you have traveled internationally, traveled to Colorado, New York, California, Florida, New Jersey, Louisiana, Connecticut or Washington, traveled on any cruise ship, have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, or you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed below, we MUST reschedule your appointment for a future date.

  • Fever 
  • Fatigue 
  • Cough 
  • Shortness of breath 
  • GI symptoms – diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, or stomach pains 
  • Experienced recent loss of smell or taste

Please call the office and our staff will reschedule your appointment. We will be screening every patient at check in to identify and limit potential exposure to COVID-19 in our clinics.

Our staff has been trained in infection and control practices, standard precautions, and hand hygeiene.

How Is U.S. Dermatology Partners Monitoring the Situation?

As the situation evolves, we are keeping up with and following the recommendation of the CDC, WHO and state and local health departments.

How Is U.S. Dermatology Partners Preparing for COVID-19?

Our primary duty is to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our patients and teammates by preventing the spread of the infection at our offices.

We are continuously monitoring, reviewing and improving our response as the situation evolves.

We are keeping all employees updated with any new recommendations for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

We are encouraging sick employees to stay home.

We are increasing awareness of all of our staff to be alert for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

Our practices employ proper environmental cleaning techniques.

We are practicing safe hand hygiene in all of our clinics.

We are proactively alerting patients who are ill, exposed to COVID-19 or those who have recently visited high-risk countries to reschedule appointments.

Employees who travel to areas identified by the CDC with a “Level 2-3 Travel Health Notice, as well as any cruise ship trips will be required to voluntarily extend their time away from work by an additional 14 days for home self-monitoring.

COVID-19 Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure and can include:

  • Fever 
  • Fatigue 
  • Cough 
  • Shortness of breath 
  • GI symptoms – diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, or stomach pains 
  • Experienced recent loss of smell or taste 

The severity of COVID-19 symptoms can range from very mild to severe. People who are older or have existing medical conditions, such as heart disease, may be at higher risk of serious illness. This is similar to what is seen with other respiratory illnesses, such as influenza.

Practice Everyday Prevention

As you touch people, surfaces and objects throughout the day, you accumulate germs on your hands. You can infect yourself with these germs by touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

Although there is no vaccine available to prevent infection with the new coronavirus, you can take steps to reduce your risk of infection. CDC and WHO recommend following the standard precautions for avoiding respiratory viruses:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 
  • Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid sharing dishes, glasses, bedding and other household items if you're sick.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces you often touch. Stay home from work, school and public areas if you're sick.

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Patients with Upcoming Appointments

A Note to Our Higher Risk Patients

As the virus continues to spread, we want to protect and safeguard our most vulnerable patients – the elderly, people with serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease. This includes patients with cancer, organ transplant, immune deficiency, and those on some medications that suppress their immune system. 

Elderly and higher-risk patients should consider changing any routine, non-urgent visits to a later date.  

Potential Disruptions to Our Regular Schedule

  • Depending on community trends with COVID-19, offices may reduce patient load or close with short notice. 
  • We will notify you if it is necessary to temporarily close an office.
  • Visit this site for regular updates.

COVID-19 is a new disease and the medical community is learning more about it each day. Certain populations are at higher risk of complications arising from the disease. Based upon available information to date, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revised its criteria regarding individuals considered to be high risk. As of noon, on Wednesday, March 18th, the revised criteria for high-risk individuals is as follows:

People of any age with the following underlying medical conditions,
particularly those that are not well controlled:

  • Chronic lung disease or asthma
  • Congestive heart failure or coronary artery disease
  • Diabetes
  • Neurologic conditions that weak ability to cough
  • Weakened immune system
  • Chemotherapy or radiation for cancer (currently or in recent past)
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Chronic kidney disease requiring dialysis
  • Cirrhosis of the liver
  • Lack of spleen or a spleen that doesn't function correctly
  • Extreme obesity
  • People who are pregnant
  • People 65 years and older
  • People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility

If you are at higher risk, there are actions you can take to protect yourself and those around you. Click here to read the latest information from the CDC with precautions as well as actions you can take to reduce your risk of getting sick.

Alternate Waiting Room

In adherence with federal social distancing directives, this policy is provided for the safety of our physicians, staff, and patients. Office access is restricted to “day of” appointment patients only. We are limiting the number of patients in our office at one time. Please call our office to let us know you are “HERE”, and we will check you in. Please remain in your vehicle. When we are ready for you, we will call you and meet you at the front door.

As an alternative to in-office appointments, we are now offering Online Dermatology Appointments. This is a great way for our patients to get the care they need while preventing any risk to their health or the health of others. Learn More