Patients and families,
Now is the time for concern and diligent precaution, not panic. With that in mind the Central Florida Vein and Vascular Center remains open to care for its patients with very strict guidelines consistent with prudent practice regarding the spread of COVID-19. This communication is meant to quiet concerns, but if you feel it is still in your best interest not to come for treatment, of course we respect that and will be here to care for you when this period of uncertainty has passed.
The US Government recently recommended that we not gather in groups of 10 people. The intent of this recommendation was to limit casual exposure to people not adequately screened. While there may be more than 10 people in any of our offices, rest assured that each staff person is low risk for harboring the virus and its transmission. All of our staff are healthy, and if they are not, even if their symptoms are not COVID-19 related, we encourage them not to work in the office. Certainly anyone that has traveled outside of the US or has been exposed to someone that has tested positive for the virus is quarantined off premises for 14 days. Each staff member is diligent about personal hygiene with frequent hand washing and disinfecting their work areas. Each office is diligent in disinfecting patient care areas after every encounter. At the end of every day, we do a deep clean to further protect against the transmission of COVID-19.
All patients that come to the office for care are triaged as to their risk for harboring illness, COVID-19 itself, or exposure to anyone with COVID-19. Anyone not meeting the accepted criteria are asked to come back at another time. With regards to our Health Central Office, while we are adjacent and connected to the hospital we are not subject to the same infectious risks as being in the hospital setting. We are a separate office building, and rest assured that no staff or providers are in the hospital proper seeing patients or performing procedures. The entrance to the Medical Office Building at Health Central has screening before anyone even enters the building.
As you can see, we are taking every precaution we can. We believe that providing care under these circumstances is safe. If you have any questions regarding these issues, please don’t hesitate to call and ask. We are here for you. If the Government mandates something different, we will let you know. Thank you for trusting us with your care.
Best regards for a safe and healthy journey through this trying time. We will all get through this together.