Iora’s Guidance as Non-Essential Businesses Reopen
April 24, 2020 | COVID-19 Resources
En Español | As many businesses in certain parts of the country begin to, or have plans to, reopen, Iora Primary Care wants to emphasize that COVID-19 is still active in the community, posing a health risk.
The risk of COVID-19 remains especially high for anyone over the age of 60 or with pre-existing health conditions such as diabetes, asthma, COPD, hypertension, congestive heart failure, heart disease or a suppressed immune system.
Continue to Stay Home When Possible
Regardless of your state or local guidance, we and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the CDC) recommend continuing to stay home as much as possible and leaving home only when it is essential (such as grocery shopping or to pick up a prescription that cannot be mailed). If and when possible, we’d advise asking someone at lower risk like a neighbor or family member to assist with essential errands.
Guidance When You Must Leave Your Home
If or when you do have a need to leave your home, continue to:
- Stay at least 6-10 feet away from others.
- Wear a face mask or bandana that covers your mouth and nose, and wash properly after each use.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
Iora’s Use of Virtual Visits
We continue to be able to care for our patients using preferably video (we love to be able to see our patients) or phone. Be assured that after speaking with a patient via phone or video, if we determine there is a need to see that patient in person, we will schedule them for an in-person visit.
We are eager to help our patients navigate decisions about their medical needs, including when and how it is safe for them to get care from specialists or other healthcare providers.
Share the Care of Iora With Those in Need
Do you know someone in need of primary care? Given the state of the world, many people are not able to be seen by their doctor or need a new one. We are welcoming new patients if anyone in your life is in need, please share Iora with them.