Updated March 1, 2021
Valley Internal Physicians cares for many patients who are elderly, as well as those with significant underlying medical conditions. These are the very populations at highest risk for severe complications from COVID-19 infection. Therefore, our office will continue with the following policies in an attempt to minimize the risk to our patients and staff:
- 1. Most new and existing appointments are being conducted virtually, either via video chat or by telephone. In order to maintain social distancing, we are limiting in-office visits to those patients who have a matter that requires a face-to-face physical examination. Most of our staff will be working remotely, and there may be only one provider on site at any given time.
- 2. Our door will remain locked during business hours. All patients coming to the office should call first and will be screened to determine if they have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath). Those exhibiting symptoms are being asked NOT to come into the office.
- 2.a. Patients under 60 years of age with mild symptoms who are otherwise healthy are advised to stay home, self-isolate, keep well-hydrated, and take acetaminophen (Tylenol) for high fever. If shortness of breath becomes severe, they should go to their local emergency room.Those who have had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient or who have traveled to a high-risk geographic area in the last 14 days will be referred for COVID-19 testing (see below).
- 2.b. Symptomatic patients 60 years and older, or those who are immunocompromised (diabetes, chronic kidney disease, chronic lung disease, cancer, or taking immunosuppressant medication) will be referred for COVID-19 testing (see below).
- 3. As vaccines are deployed and hospitalization rates continue to fall, we anticipate a phased return to in-person visits in the next few months.
- 1. We are not testing for COVID-19 in the office. If the provider feels testing is appropriate, the patient will be directed to a testing location.
- 2. Riverside County residents who do not have symptoms but want to be tested for COVID-19 are able to schedule testing appointments themselves. There are multiple testing locations throughout the county. Those who want to be tested must call (800) 945-6171 for an appointment.
- 3. At-home swab tests are available through LabCorp without a doctor’s order. Visit pixel.labcorp.com for more information.
- 4. Testing for active infection is also available at CVS and Rite Aid. Albertsons offers an at-home test.
- 5. Antibody testing is available for asymptomatic patients or those who may have been exposed. Both LabCorp and Quest Diagnostics offer antibody testing through a blood draw that requires an order from a provider.
- 1. Due to storage and capacity requirements, we will not be offering vaccines at our office.
- 2. There are currently three vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson) that have received Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA.
- 3. Most vaccines will be distributed through County vaccination clinics and local pharmacies. CVS is now offering online scheduling of appointments in California.
- 4. Riverside County’s Vaccine Distribution Plan including explanations of the various phases as well as links to schedule vaccination appointments can be found at www.ruhealth.org/covid-19-vaccine.
- 5. The California Department of Public Health has a new website to search for and schedule a vaccination: https://myturn.ca.gov.
This page will be updated regularly. In the meantime, please refer to the following websites for the most accurate and up-to-date information:
• Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
• Riverside County Department of Public Health
• World Health Organization (WHO)