COVID-19 Alert

ALERT!!!


We, at Rheumatology Associates, P.C. are actively monitoring the COVID-19 epidemic to best care for our patients.  Please refer to https://www.cdc.gov or https://www.in.gov/isdh/  for the most up to date information and guidance.

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.  However, the virus can also be spread through bodily routes of entry such as the eyes nose, mouth or open cuts.  The CDC recommends to avoid touching your face with your hands and to keep your hands free from the virus by keeping them clean by washing them with soap and running water OR an antibacterial hand gel containing at least 60% alcohol, when soap and water aren’t available.

If you have ANY of the following, please do not enter our office.

Instead, call our operators at 317-844-6444 to reschedule your appointment:

1.    Fever 100.4 or higher
2.    New cough or shortness of breath
3.    Recent international travel or travel to Level 3 areas in the last 14 days (China, Iran, Italy, South Korea)
4.    Have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

You will also be directed to seek appropriate care with your Primary Care Provider or to call the Indiana State Department of Health at 317-233-7125 or if after hours call 317-233-1325 if you experience symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath AND have recently traveled to a Level III area (China, Iran, Italy, South Korea) OR have had contact with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19.


Our new procedures will include:

1.    Requiring sick patients and employees to remain at home.
2.    Rescheduling patients who have had exposure to someone who is infected with COVID-19.
3.    Rescheduling all non-essential follow-up visits for the next three weeks.
4.    Heightened sanitization and infection control procedures.
5.    Requiring proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) when appropriate.
6.    Availability of face masks in the waiting room for our patients.
7.    Obtaining temperatures and recent travel history on patients being seen in the clinic.
8.    Waving all no-show fees for missed appointments related to this outbreak.

Your health and safety are a top priority for us.  Please strictly adhere to these new procedures to help keep everyone safe.