COVID-19 UPDATES AND PRECAUTIONS

We are seeing patients again!

Patients can see the Doctor is person or via telehealth visits.

MASKS ARE REQUIRED!!

  • Only the patient will be allowed into the building UNLESS the patient has an impediment or special needs.
  • If the patient is in a wheelchair, our staff will be happy to assist them
  • Temperatures will be taken at the door; if your temperature is elevated, the appointment may be discretionary.
  • If you are in anyway symptomatic (e.g., fever, coughing, or have shortness of breath), we cannot guarantee your appointment, and you may be asked to reschedule your appointment. Please note this is for the safety of our staff and other patients.
  • Usual questions about travel, contact, and interactions will be asked, as necessary.
  • Please use hand sanitizer when you come in the building.
  • Please follow social distancing rules and only sit on designated chairs.
  • Please note NO gloves will be allowed to avoid cross-contamination.
  • While in your consultation seeing the Doctor or getting treatment, please keep your mask on at all times.
  • If you are seeing a doctor, please do not lay on the patient table until the Doctor is present.

Your health and safety is our top priority. 

To ensure the safety of our patients, visitors, and staff, we continue to monitor the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure our patients and workforce remain safe and protected; we will follow CDC and statutory guidelines.

Alabama Cancer Care is asking patients about their recent travel history and if they exhibit symptoms of respiratory infection, including:

  • Fever greater than 100.4º F/38º C
  • Coughing, or 
  • Shortness of breath

What patients and caregivers need to know before they arrive:

We are open for patient care. If you have a fever, cough, runny nose, or shortness of breath, contact your care team before your appointment.

Alabama Cancer Care will be screening (NOT TESTING) patients and visitors for COVID-19 symptoms at the entrance of all our facilities.

HOW CAN THE PUBLIC HELP?

Institutions are working together to proactively implement measures that can serve to decrease the transmission of the virus and flatten the curve, which aims to avoid overwhelming the capacity of the health care systems.

 

To accomplish this goal, institutions are calling on anyone visiting a hospital or any health care site to consider the following seriously:

 

  • Patients and visitors should plan by checking your institution’s website for specific visitor policy information.
  • If patients are not feeling well, they should contact their care team before traveling to the appointment.
  • If visitors are not feeling well, they should stay home.
  • Most institutions only allow two visitors at a time per patient. Visitors must be 18 or older and cannot have symptoms of fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
  • Entrances will have screening questions about recent travel, current health, and possible temperature check.
  • People who do not have a critical reason to be at a medical facility should stay home.
  • The best way to prevent the spread of germs is proper hygiene and cough etiquette. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

 

HOW YOU CAN FLATTEN THE CURVE?

DETAILED SYMPTOMS OF CORONAVIRUS

  1. It will first infect the throat, so you’ll have a sore throat lasting 3/4 days
  2. The virus then blends into a nasal fluid that enters the trachea and then the lungs, causing pneumonia. This takes about 5/6 days further.
  3. With pneumonia comes high fever and difficulty in breathing.
  4. The nasal congestion is not like the normal kind. You feel like you’re drowning. It’s imperative you then seek immediate attention.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW AND WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:

  1. If you have a runny nose and sputum, you have a common cold.
  2. Coronavirus pneumonia is a dry cough with no runny nose.
  3. This new virus is not heat-resistant and will be killed by a temperature of just 26/27 Celsius. It hates the Sun.
  4. If someone sneezes with it, it takes about 10 feet before it drops to the ground and is no longer airborne.
  5. If it drops on a metal surface, it will live for at least 12 hours – so if you come into contact with any metal surface – wash your hands as soon as you can with a bacterial soap.
  6. On fabric, it can survive for 6-12 hours. Normal laundry detergent will kill it.
  7. Wash your hands frequently as the virus can only live on your hands for 5-10 minutes, but – a lot can happen during that time – you can rub your eyes, pick your nose unwittingly, and so on.
  8. You should also gargle as prevention. A simple solution of salt in warm water will suffice.
  9. Can’t emphasize enough – drink plenty of water!

TESTING

https://www.wvtm13.com/article/covid-19-testing-locations-in-central-alabama/31818857

***Please note we do not provide testing at any of our facilities***