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, every person (>2 yrs of age) who enters our clinic will be required to wear a mask. If masks are not available, bandanas, scarves, and other cloth materials may be used instead.
We are dedicated in the care and safety of our patients. Starting June 1st, we will be expanding our shot hours and offering limited in-clinic visits in our Western WA offices. Our Yakima and Richland offices continue to offer clinic visits. Telemedicine appointments are also still available.
If you are interested in converting your existing appointment or setting up a new telemedicine appointment, please contact our office and read this document to see which forms are needed prior to your appointment.
Did you have a respiratory illness this past fall-spring and wonder whether you had COVID-19? Then you may be interested in learning more about the COVID-19 antibody test. Please set up a telemedicine appointment to discuss further with an allergist. The test requires an order from a medical provider. Click to learn about this exciting test.
- We will continue to provide allergen/venom immunotherapy and biologic injections (i.e. Xolair, Nucala, Fasenra, Dupixent) in each of our offices.
- Our appointments will be managed to allow adequate physical distancing between patients and to allow our staff adequate time to provide care to our patients and disinfect the room after each patient. We may ask you to kindly wait in your car and then call you when we are ready for you.
- 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.
- 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.
- If you exhibit symptoms during the visit not caused by one of our procedures, we may ask you to leave to help protect our staff and other patients.
Have you OR a close contact* been recently sick (<14 days) with one or the following symptoms?
- Shortness of breath/trouble breathing
- Fever (>100 F )
- Runny nose/sore throat/headache
- Repeated shaking with chills
- New loss of taste or smell
- Muscle aches
- New onset of nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea
* Definition of close contact
• Living in the same household as a sick person with such symptoms
• 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 10 days AND at least 72 hours after fever is gone and symptoms are better.
- 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 the sick contact & you must be without symptoms (as listed above).
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!