You may have received a call from Meadow Kidney Care regarding your appointment recently. With the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we have all been taking steps to practice social distancing and limit the spread of this virus.
Governor Hogan of Maryland has released a number of executive orders to limit the spread, including earlier today, which closes most businesses. As a medical office, we are not being closed by the order, but we are limiting our activities in accordance with the orders.
“All elective and non- urgent medical procedures and appointments shall cease effective at 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, 2020 and shall not be performed for the duration of the catastrophic health emergency.”
Many patients are seen in our Pennsylvania and West Viriginia orders. While the above order does not apply to those offices, other states are taking similar precautions, and COVID-19 is present in Western Maryland, Franklin County, and the Eastern Panhandle of WV.
What does this mean for you? If you have an appointment at Meadow Kidney Care coming up in the next few days, you will likely get a call from our office staff. Physicians are reviewing labs and charts in an attempt to get urgent issues in to be seen, while delaying stable patients.
We can also do many appointments now with telehealth using Skype. Please let us know if you are interested in using this option.
If you are called and asked to delay your appointment, but feel you have an urgent issue that needs to be addressed in person, please let us know.
Our goal is to remain open and able to provide care for urgent issues while minimizing the number of people that are in the office at any one time, as well as the number of people who need to leave their homes.