An update on COVID-19

from Rocky Mountain Urgent Care and Family Medicine Here at Rocky Mountain Family Practice and Urgent Care we are closely monitoring the updates on COVID-19.  At this point, our recommendations for our patients and communities include:
  • Don’t panic. While this is a serious illness, your chances of getting it and having a serious illness are still small. The most important concern at this point is to try to prevent the spread.
  • Follow the guidelines for handwashing – this is your best prevention tool! 20 seconds with antibacterial soap.
  • As the outbreak continues, we strongly recommend you avoid large gatherings.
  • At this point, there is no reason to avoid activities like going to the grocery store or the park.
  • COVID is spread through close contact with an actively sick person. There may be some risk of spread through casual contact.
  • Children seem to be at low risk for contracting the disease. If they do, it appears to be a very mild infection.
  • Adults over 60 and those with underlying health conditions are most at risk. We recommend that the most at risk individuals avoid traveling and avoid contact with sick people.
  • Masks are ONLY for actively sick people to wear, not for healthy people.
Recommendations from the CDC that we are applying in our practice include:
  • We are trying to limit visits to our office for people who have a fever and cough. Mild or moderate infections should be managed at home. If someone has signs of respiratory distress and needs to be seen, we ask them to call the clinic so that we follow infection precautions.
  • We do not do testing for COVID-19 in our family medicine and urgent care clinics. Testing is currently limited to people who:
    • Are actively sick (fever and cough), and
    • Have had contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 or who is currently waiting for the results of a test, or
    • Has recently traveled from an area with widespread community transmission of COVID-19.
  • This is subject to change as the virus spreads.
  • If you think you may need testing because you meet the above listed criteria, WE WILL BE DOING TESTING AND TREATING PATIENTS AT OUR AURORA URGENT CARE LOCATION STARTING TUESDAY MARCH 17TH FROM 10AM-4PM.  This is located at 13650 E. Mississippi Ave Aurora, CO.  Patients will be seen on a walk in basis.  Do not go to the health department or emergency room for testing without calling first.
  • IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS – please contact your primary care clinic

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