Dear Valued Patients,
Family Eyecare Associates takes the health and safety of our patients very seriously.
There have been 2 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Washoe County. Anticipating more cases in the near future, we wanted to update patients on our health policies.
Health authorities have advised that COVID-19 is moderately transmittable, and it is spread by coughing and sneezing during close contacts. According to the CDC, people are thought to be most contagious days three to seven, when they are most symptomatic (the sickest), but should self quarantine for 14 days.
Symptom onset is between 2-14 days post-exposure with an average of 5 days.
Symptoms are similar to the flu in the first week of the illness– muscle aches, feeling tired/weak, cough, and low grade fever. Around the second week, some people develop more trouble breathing.
We would like to ask our parents and patients to practice the following guidelines:
If you or a family member has a cough or respiratory illness with a fever of 100.5° or over with a cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing and had a recent at-risk travel or potential exposure to a person with COVID-19, please consult with us over the phone before coming to our office to limit exposure to others.
At this time, testing for COVID-19 is done by the Washoe County Health Department. Testing is being offered to those individuals meeting screening criteria.
Expanded testing, such as via a physician’s order at a commercial lab, may possible in the near future.
Again, you may contact us via phone/text/portal to determine if testing is advised.
Ways to protect yourself and prevent the spread of illness include frequent hand washing, using hand sanitizer, and coughing or sneezing into the inside of your arm.
As always, please call our office before you schedule your appointment if you are not feeling well potentially due to COVID-19 exposure.
If you have questions about COVID-19, please consult a trusted source such as the CDC or Washoe County Health Department websites (links below).
Wishing everyone a happy, healthy Spring and hoping this coronavirus situation improves soon!