PATIENT EDUCATION

COVID-19

The latest guidelines
and information
to keep you safe

FOR YOUR HEALTH

In order to protect the safety of you and others in our practice, we ask the following from you:

Following Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order requiring all people in New York to wear a mask or a face covering when out in public and in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained; beginning Friday, April 17, Capital Cardiology Associates will require all patients and their guest to follow this protocol while in our facility.

If you have an upcoming appt with us and are experiencing flu-like symptoms including fever, cough, respiratory issues, we ask that you call to speak with one of our nurses before coming into your appt. If you have flu-like symptoms, you will not be charged a cancellation fee if you contact the office with proper notice.

GUEST POLICY:

All guests MUST follow the same screening and mask/face covering guidelines during the patient visit. Due to CDC guidelines and regulations form our building owners, there are two different policies regarding guests during patient visits. Please understand that special considerations are made to meet the needs of our patients that need assistance entering and exiting the building.

Corporate Woods – at this time we are allowed ONE guest per patient per visit. 

Troy – Samaritan Medical Arts Building (2231 Burdett Ave): We must follow the St. Peter’s Health Partners guidelines at this time. Guests are only allowed to accompany patients with special circumstances.

Troy – 2200 Burdett Ave: We must follow building guidelines and can only allow guests to accompany patients with special circumstances.

If the visitor is experiencing any cold/flu symptoms OR temperature OR in past 14 days visitor or member in visitors household has tested positive or has been told you likely have COVID-19, the visitor will not be allowed to accompany patient.

Please note: We do not have COVID-19 test kits at our practice; we do not do chest x-rays at our facilities and we do not treat flu-like symptoms.

Coronavirus disease 2019, also called COVID-19, is an illness that can affect your lungs and other parts of the respiratory system. The main symptoms of the disease are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Most people will have mild symptoms and recover without having to go to the hospital, but the virus can cause severe illness with complications such as pneumonia and even death.

People who are at higher risk of these complications include those with heart disease, lung disease, and those who are older than 65. People with high blood pressure also appear to be at higher risk, according to early research from China. More research is needed to understand whether high blood pressure alone increases risk.

Most of us are worried about getting sick from the new coronavirus. But if you think you are having a heart attack or stroke, don’t delay calling 911 because you think you might get the new coronavirus at the hospital. Hospitals have safety measures to protect you from infection, taking the utmost precautions to ensure that the virus does not spread. The faster a patient is treated, the higher the outcome of survival and lower the risk for complications. No patient should delay their care.

Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Those at high-risk include:

  • People aged 65 years and older
  • People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
  • Other high-risk conditions could include:
    • People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
    • People who have serious heart conditions
    • People who are immunocompromised including cancer treatment
    • People of any age with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] >40) or certain underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as those with diabetes, renal failure, or liver disease might also be at risk
  • People who are pregnant should be monitored since they are known to be at risk with severe viral illness, however, to date data on COVID-19 has not shown increased risk

Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications

What you can do

  • Stay home.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Avoid close contact (6 feet, which is about two arm lengths) with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched services.
  • Avoid all cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
  • Call your healthcare professional if you have concerns about COVID-19 and your underlying condition or if you are sick.

Homemade Cloth Face Coverings

It is now required that New Yorkers wear a mask or face-covering in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. When medical grade masks are unavailable, there are simple homemade versions you make using cloth.

Telemedicine

Capital Cardiology Associates is now offering telehealth appointments for all current patients. Telemedicine uses video cameras and monitors to connect you with Capital Cardiology Associates healthcare professionals who are not located near you, meaning you don’t have to travel to get the care you need. You will be able to see, hear, and talk to a cardiologist, advanced care provider, or cardiac specialist at our location through video-conferencing, allowing you to be at a medical facility, your home, or another location.

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The latest from the New York State Department of Health

Nonessential businesses will stay closed through May 15th. All non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason are temporarily banned. Testing is free for all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider. Your local health department is your community contact for COVID-19 concerns.

Quick Links to help you stay safe

Read: Cleaning. Safely sanitize outside items before bringing them in your home.

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