More than 1 million COVID-19 cases were reported in the United States over the last 7 days.
As cases continue to increase rapidly across the United States, the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to celebrate at home with the people you live with.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Below is a link from the CDC with helpful information on quarantining.
Follow these tips from the CDC to make your Thanksgiving holiday safer.
What should university, college, and high school boarding students returning to Connecticut for the holidays consider?
Testing is available in many locations throughout Connecticut. Anyone experiencing symptoms, or who would like to discuss testing for other reasons (exposure, work related, return to college, etc.), please contact our office to discuss the next steps.
Our office is currently testing symptomatic and asymptomatic patients for COVID-19 at the car, after a telemedicine appointment with one of our providers. Please call our office to make an appointment.
The test our office uses is a nasal swab PCR. Sensitivity is ~98% and time to results is currently ~1-2 days (subject to change). Currently we are not using a rapid result antigen test, because they are not as sensitive with ~85 sensitivity. Serum antibody testing is also NOT recommended for diagnostic purposes, but is being used for those who have had COVID and want to donate plasma or for seroprevalence research purposes. Ongoing validation of Antibody testing continues, dependent upon community prevalence of COVID.
For a full list of up-to-date testing sites accepting patients, please click the link below.
Other COVID Testing Sites - APPOINTMENTS & PRESCRIPTIONS REQUIRED
Norwalk Hospital Emergency - 34 Maple Street, Norwalk, CT 06856. Hours of operation are M-F 7-11am. Types of patients: Symptomatic and asymptomatic
Brookfield Patient Service Center - 401 Federal Road, Brookfield, CT 06804. Hours of operation are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 1-4pm. Types of patients : Symptomatic and asymptomatic
The State of Connecticut Department of Public Health has published guidance on COVID-19 testing, including the following...
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How To Prepare for a Telemedicine Appointment
Per current CDC guidelines, all sick patient visits will be done via Telemedicine.
Well care appointments are still important to continue, when at all possible. Young children, especially, need to get physicals and vaccines that protect them from illnesses much more serious to them than Coronavirus. We have implemented procedures to keep them and you safe. We are following appropriate CDC recommendations, cleaning intensely and often.
How To Prepare for a Visit to Our Office
Vaccines are still very important to have during this time, protecting children from illnesses much more serious to them than Coronavirus.
To reduce the number of patients entering the office, we can administer vaccines in the car, in the parking lot of the office.
How To Prepare for a vaccine only visit
This new procedure is just another way we are adapting to the current times. If you, or your child would rather have the vaccine(s) in the office, we will be more than happy to accommodate.
In order to donate, a person must have had a positive COVID-19 test, be symptom-free for at least 14 days with a repeat negative swab or 28 days symptom-free with no need for a repeat swab. Click on the link below to learn more and to sign-up today.
In order to donate, a person must be 17 years of age, weigh a minimum of 110 lbs. (or meet the requirement if older), be in good health, and have a prior verified diagnosis of COVID-19, but are now symptom free and fully recovered. Click on the link below to learn more and to sign-up today.
According to the CDC, the use of face coverings will help slow the spread of COVID-19. Click the link below to connect directly to the CDC website page that teaches you how to make a face covering, properly wear your covering, and when to clean it. For face coverings to be effective, we MUST learn how to use them.
Community Responsibility: The CDC and Health Department are trying to limit the spread, or at least slow it down. Self-quarantine, containment areas and social distancing are implemented for that purpose. Please follow the policies and procedures put in place for all our safety
The best way to stay healthy is practicing good hand washing, remembering not to touch your face, and social distancing.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19? It is important to emphasize the risk of serious illness from COVID-19 remains low. Most infected people will experience mild upper respiratory symptoms, including cough, fever, difficulty breathing/shortness of breath. Some people, including the elderly and those with COPD, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, are at greater risk and may require more intensive care and/or hospitalization. Please go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, here, to learn more about people at higher risk of contracting COVID-19.
What should I do if I think I am experiencing symptoms of COVID-19?
First, limit your interactions with others as much as possible. Call our office to discuss concerns and symptoms at (203) 426-3267. We are scheduling telemedicine appointments for all sick patients.
Please be sure to report any of the following:
Can I be tested for COVID-19?
Yes, our office is currently testing for COVID-19 at the car, after a telemedicine appointment with one of our providers. Please call our office to make an appointment.
Household members, intimate partners, and caregivers in a nonhealthcare setting may have close contact with a person with symptomatic, laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 or a person under investigation. Close contacts should monitor their health; they should call their healthcare provider right away if they develop symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 (e.g., fever, cough, shortness of breath) (see Interim US Guidance for Risk Assessment and Public Health Management of Persons with Potential Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Exposure in Travel-associated or Community Settings.)
Close contacts should also follow these recommendations:
To see the entire web page, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html