The staff and professionals at GTW/YM Health and Wellness are taking measures to help protect our patients and our community from Covid-19. Thank you for cooperating with us to allow us to serve your health care needs through this challenging time.
Telehealth from home when at all possible.
- Medical appointments will take place by telehealth through our Patient Portal unless specifically approved by medical provider for in-person visits.
- This will allow us to see you from the comfort of your own home.
- We may be able to see you at the office for certain types of visits when appropriate.
- Our counseling and other affiliated professionals will be working with their clients directly on plans for appointment adjustments.
When coming to the office
- Wait in your car.
- Check in by text message will be utilized for in-office visits. This allows you to check in from your vehicle, and you can be properly screened before entering the building.
- When we text you that we are ready to see you, we will meet you at the entrance designated when you scheduled your appointment.
- We will use separate designated entrances and rooms for well patients and sick patients.
Protecting yourself and others
- Limit visits to the patient and if necessary, no more than one family member.
- All patients or family members who have FEVER OR COUGH will be required to wear a simple face mask from the time they enter the building until the time they leave the building.
- Bring your own mask if you have one.If you do not have one, then please bring a cloth or other article of clothing that you can put over your mouth or nose.
- If you cannot bring your own mask or tissue, we will supply you with one. PLEASE keep in mind that our number of masks is limited, and it will be difficult for us to replenish our supply given the worldwide shortage of personal protective equipment. Maintaining our supply of masks is critical for us to continue to serve you safely.
- GTW/YM Health and Wellness employees and professionals will not be allowed to work if they show signs of illness.
Symptoms: most commonly fever (>100.4°), cough, muscle aches, fatigue, shortness of breath; less commonly sore throat, headaches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
Incubation period: average of 5 days (range 2-14 days) after contact; rationale for 14-day isolation after known exposure
Expected course: 80% mild illness (like a flu or cold) lasting about 2 weeks; less severe in children and young people who may unknowingly spread to middle-age to older adults or people with weak immune systems who are at higher risk for more severe disease or complications
Testing: limited to severe cases in hospital settings until community availability of testing kits improves; We do not have access to testing at this time.
Treatment: supportive care (there is no specific anti-viral or other medication that cures Covid-19)
Prevention: ISOLATE, WASH, COVER
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Refrain from unnecessarily going to public places.
Vaccine? In development but may not be available for a year or longer
Washington State Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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