Updated May 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. However, hospitalization and mortality rates in our community have decreased significantly. Therefore, we are updating our policies as follows:
- 1. In order to limit the number of people in the office at the same time, we will continue to have only one provider in the office on any given day. Vaccinated patients (one or two doses) will be given the option to be seen in person. Unvaccinated patients will continue to be seen virtually via video chat or telephone call for routine appointments, but may be asked to come into the office at the provider’s discretion. All patients entering the office will still be required to wear masks while in the building.
- 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).
- 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 are not 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 are being distributed through County vaccination clinics and local pharmacies. Riverside County’s vaccine registration site can be found at www.rivcoph.org/COVID-19-Vaccine-with-Registration.
- 4. 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)