Commonwealth Eye Care Associates COVID 19 Update

Commonwealth Eye Care Associates COVID-19 Update

As of 12:00 PM June 26, 2020 

Here at Commonwealth Eye Care Associates, our philosophy is to care for you as we would care for our own family members.

In the ongoing situation of coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to reassure our patients that we are taking the necessary steps in accordance with CDC recommendations.

 

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COVID-19 Policies

We have implemented several new policies with your safety in mind. We appreciate your participation in helping us deliver the care you deserve at CECA.

The initiatives we have instituted are noted below for your reference.

 

Remote Check-In Process:

Gaskins Location: 804.217.9810

Colonial Heights Location:  804.520.0401

When you arrive at CECA, please remain in the comfort of your vehicle and call us to check-in.

In accord with recommendations for physical distancing, you will remain in your vehicle. We will contact you once we are ready to bring you into clinic.  

  

Once you are checked in:

  • Our clinical team will contact you once we are ready to begin your visit
  • Our clinical team will confirm your body temperature, then escort you into clinic for your visit
  • You will see the provider for an expedited, brief visit
  • Any detailed discussions will be completed remotely through a TeleHealth visit
  • Your next follow up visit or surgical will be scheduled remotely, so you can exit the building immediately following your visit

 

All patients are required to wear a mask for the duration of your visit

 

Patient Screening

  • Communication: You should expect several phone calls from our office within 1 week of your appointment, this is in an effort to help you prepare for your visit to CECA
  • Pre-Screening: We are pre-screening all patients prior to their office visits with telephone interviews within 1-2 days of your appointment, prescreening is required prior to your appointment
  • On-Site Screening: Patients should expect follow up screening on presentation to the office, including measurement of their body temperature
  • Participation: We encourage family members and caregivers to participate remotely, this can be done seamlessly by placing the patient’s cell phone on speaker during the exam to allow for open communication
  • Companions: Patients will NOT be allowed to have anyone accompany them to their visit, unless specifically approved limitations apply that require patient assistance
  • Special Accommodations: If you require a companion to accompany you onsite, this will require clinical approval and will be determined based on the physical needs of the patient

 

Facility Limitations

If any of the following apply, your appointment will be deferred and rescheduled for a later date:

  • Place of Residence: Nursing home residents and those with significant pulmonary compromise
  • Travel: If you or a household member have Traveled to any COVID Hot Spots or Traveled by airplane at all in the last 14 days
  • Symptoms: Patients with elevated body temperature over CDC-recommended threshold, or history suspicious for exposure to novel coronavirus
  • Exposure:  If you or a household member have been recently exposed to COVID19
  • Children: No children are allowed in the office at this time

 

 Sight-threatening emergencies will be determined on an individual basis for care and ongoing treatment, if you feel that you are having a sight-threatening emergency, please go directly to the emergency room.

 

Facility Preparedness

We have continued to keep up with our high standards of care and to genuinely care for you and your well-being. We understand your concerns about the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID19). 

Fortunately, COVID-19 is susceptible to alcohol and bleach-based disinfectants that are commonly used to disinfect ophthalmic instruments and office furniture.

Knowing this, below are additional measures we are taking to ensure we reduce the spread of any cold, flu, or virus:

 

  • Staff Screening: All staff are screened for symptoms and confirmation of body temperature upon initial arrival to our office(s)
  • Personal Protective Equipment: All Staff will wear proper PPE, including masks and other barriers as required. Patients will wear masks for the duration of their visit with CECA
  • Sanitize: Sanitize surfaces in our exam rooms between each patient interaction, sanitizing hands after each patient and sanitize all common touch areas throughout our office regularly
  • Education: Proper handwashing technique and avoid not touch their face and avoid touching eyes, mouth, and nose
  • Interactions: Avoid handshaking, close interactions or detailed discussions, when unavoidable, wear a mask

 

Symptoms Check List

If you currently feel sick or have a fever, please reschedule your appointment and contact your primary care physician.

Symptoms range from mild to severe but typically appear between 2 to 14 days after exposure these include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Headache
  • Muscle/Body Aches
  • Sore Throat
  • Congestion/Runny Nose
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

What is it?

According to the CDC, coronavirus is Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person.

 

Prevention

  • Wear a Mask: Most cases involve spread through air droplets, this is why it is imperative to use a mask or face covering in all public settings and personal interactions
  • Avoid Close Contact: Maintain Physical Distancing of 6 feet or more to reduce your direct exposure to others
  • Sanitize: Wash and sanitize hands often
  • Monitor your Health: Be alert for possible symptoms, monitor your temperature

 

Rest assured that we are carefully monitoring the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).

 

Please utilize these website links from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for education and awareness regarding COVID19:

 VDH covid information

CDC covid symptoms check

CDC If you are sick with covid

CDC covid spread

CDC covid prevention

 

Contact our office directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have questions about the policies noted above. 

 

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