COVID-19 Information

If you have symptoms like cough, fever or other respiratory problems, or believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, call your primary care provider first to discuss your symptoms before going to their office or the emergency department. Most cases of the infection are mild and can be self-treated at home. If you are having a medical emergency call 9-1-1.

Because information is constantly changing, you can find current details and resources at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where you can sign up for email alerts to learn when significant information has been posted to the site.

What is Kidney Care Specialists LLC doing to protect patients, visitors and staff?

Kidney Care Specialists is committed to the health and safety of our patients, visitors and staff. We are following all precautions recommended by the Department of Health and we also follow the criteria, which is evolving daily, from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.

Out of an abundance of caution and per Department of Health recommendations, we are screening patients prior to their visit to our office.  This screening process includes a short telephone survey asking the patient if they have a fever, a cough, has the patient been traveling to an area affected by Coronavirus (COVID 19) or been exposed to someone who has Coronavirus. 

To avoid spreading any contagious illnesses, those with any symptoms of fever, cough, or respiratory symptoms should reschedule their appointment.  

What should I do if I have cold or flu symptoms? Should I be tested for COVID-19?

Call your Primary Care Provider’s office to let them know you have respiratory symptoms, such as cough, stuffy nose or fever. Your primary care provider will provide guidance if you should be tested for COVID-19.

If you feel sick, if you have a high fever, if you are experiencing shortness of breath or more severe respiratory symptoms, and you or your primary care provider feel you need to go the ER, make sure you or your provider call ahead to let the ER know you have respiratory symptoms so they can prepare for your arrival. 

If you are having an emergency, call 9-1-1.

Should I wear a mask when I come to the office? 

Patients will be screened for respiratory symptoms when they enter the office. If our staff determine you have symptoms, they will give you a mask and tell you how to wear it properly. If worn correctly, masks can help decrease the spread of respiratory viruses and bacteria. If you are a visitor and have a cough or fever, we ask that you please do not come to the hospital or clinics in order to avoid spreading any contagious illnesses. 


If my family members or caregivers or I do not have a fever or respiratory symptoms, should we wear a mask in public? 

No. If you do not have symptoms, you do not need to wear a mask. 

Visitors, family members, we are asking you not to come to the office with the patient.  If you are a care-giver or driver of a patient please assist the patient to the office and then wait outside in a safe area or in your vehicle until the patient has completed his/her visit with the provider. 

Should I be worried about getting infected with COVID-19 at Kidney Care Specialists?

Kidney Care Specialists maintains thorough infection control procedures, and we will do everything we can to ensure the health and safety of our patients, visitors and staff. We have protocols in place to keep all patients, visitors and healthcare workers safe. 

Is Kidney Care Specialists testing patients for COVID-19? 

Kidney Care Specialists does not test for COVID-19. However, the physicians and staff are actively screening patients who have symptoms and referring them to their primary care physician or to the hospital emergency department, if warranted.

How can I protect myself and my family?

More hand washing; less face touching. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands. Regular use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer covering all surfaces of the hands and rubbing them together until dry will decrease risk that the virus is transmitted to you or other people. 

Always cover a cough or sneeze, using your arm as a shield. If you sneeze into a tissue, dispose of the tissue in the garbage right away.

Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Avoid contact with people who are sick.
 

Where can I get more information?

For questions about the virus and the most up-to-date information: