NAAC COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
In an effort to keep our patients & staff safe, we will be screening visitors & shot patients. Based on recent CDC recommendations, each person who enters the clinic must wear a mask and best to also wear in public. If masks are not available, bandanas and scarves may be used instead.
We are dedicated in the care and safety of our patients. In accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, state, and local agencies, we will be transitioning new patient/recheck visit/sick visits in our Western Washington clinics temporarily to telemedicine encounters for at least the next several weeks starting March 16th.
If you are interested in converting your existing appointment or setting up a new appointment, please contact our office and read this document to see which forms are needed prior to your appointment.
- We will continue to provide allergen/venom immunotherapy and biologic injections (i.e. Xolair, Nucala, Fasenra, Dupixent) in each of our offices.
- Skin testing in our clinics will be limited and is subject to your allergist’s discretion.
- In-office oral challenges may also occur at the sole discretion of your allergist.
Our Richland & Yakima offices will continue clinic visits for now.
- Due to shortages of protective medical equipment, we cannot safely obtain samples to test for COVID-19.
- We have also temporarily removed toys and magazines from our playrooms, waiting rooms, and exam rooms.
- Please limit the number of visitors coming to our clinics.
- No siblings of patients
- Limit 1 guardian per child.
- We understand that schools are closed, but we kindly ask that adult patients refrain from bringing children.
- People over 60 yrs of age should avoid coming to the office unless there is absolutely no alternative, and they are the caregiver of a child, who is a patient.
- In an effort to keep our patients & staff safe, we will take temperatures and screen all patients who enter our clinics, as well as visitors. It is very important that you answer the questions completely and follow given instructions. Even mild respiratory symptoms for one could cause significant health problems for our older patients or those with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and immunodeficiencies.
Have you OR a close contact* been recently sick (<14 days) with one or the following symptoms?
- Shortness of breath/trouble breathing
- Fever (>100.4 F or 38 C)
- Runny nose/sore throat/headache
* Definition of close contact
• Living in the same household as a sick person with respiratory symptoms or fever
• Caring for a sick person
• Being within 6 feet of a sick person with for about 10 minutes, OR
• Being in direct contact with secretions from a sick person (i.e. being coughed on, kissing, sharing utensils, etc.)
If YES to any of the questions above:
- If sick, please reschedule your visit after 7 days OR until 72 hours after fever is gone and symptoms get better, whichever is longer.
- If you or your child are a current patient who is sick and have underlying respiratory disease (i.e. COPD, asthma) and/or immunocompromised, please call our Nurse line or contact via Portal for triage first. You may be given a phone consultation or telemedicine visit or directed to the ER.
- If you had any recent sick contacts, please schedule for at least 2 wks from last exposure to sick contact & you must be without upper respiratory symptoms and fever.
If COVID-19 is being considered, whether testing is performed or not, here are guidance documents from the WA State Department of Health (DOH):
- Patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19
- Patients who were exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 case
- Unexposed patients with COVID-19 symptoms
Click for WA DOH resources or call hotlines at WA DOH (800) 525-0127; King County (206) 477-3977.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation!