Waterville Family Practice
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The novel Corona virus (COVID 19) has come to the state of Maine and we at Waterville Family Practice are monitoring and responding to the situation on a day to day basis. We recognize that these are trying and frightening times for many. Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our patients and maintaining our ability to care for their medical needs.
To help prevent the spread of the COVID 19 virus, we are limiting our routine visits (annual exams, chronic illness rechecks, etc.) and will no longer be doing routine walk in blood work. We are focusing on seeing patients who require acute care and we are doing blood work here as needed as part of acute care. Please call the office and be very specific about what you need to be seen for, so that we can find an appropriate and safe slot for you. We have set up an isolation room for those who are acutely ill. We will continue to provide 24/7 on call services for our patients. The on call provider can be reached through the hospital switchboard at 872-1000 after hours.
Please understand that we have very limited supplies of PPE (personal protective equipment) and test swabs for COVID 19. We do not know when we will be able to replace the supplies we have. For this reason, we cannot test everyone who wants testing on site. Additionally, the CDC is discouraging testing of persons who do not have symptoms - even if you have traveled to a high risk area. Please do not come in for testing because your employer is requiring you to be tested to return to work. Your employer can not require this as a condition of your return to work.
If you have symptoms of a cough with fever and shortness of breath, please call the office and describe your symptoms. We will get back to you quickly as possible with instructions on how to proceed. Please do not show up at the office with these symptoms. You will be asked to return to your car and call for further instructions.
COVID 19 symptoms range from very mild to severe. Typical symptoms include a dry cough, shortness of breath, fever and body aches. Current recommendations for treatment include adequate fluid intake, rest and Acetaminophen for aches and pains. There is not yet a prescription medication that treats COVID 19. The CDC recommends staying at home if you have these symptoms and having little contact with others for at least 14 days beyond when symptoms resolve. If symptoms progress with difficulty breathing, hospitalization may be required. In this case please call our office or go to the Emergency Room at your local hospital.
For more information on Corona virus, please see the CDC website at www.cdc.gov. We hope everyone is staying safe and well. Our thoughts go out to all of you in these difficult times. Also, please be patient with our staff. We have the best and most dedicated medical professionals in our office and they are working around the clock to ensure everyone receives the best medical care possible.