March 10th, 2020:
Mobile Medical Care (MobileMed) is closely following developments and federal/state/county guidelines surrounding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. As a community health center, our patients rely on us for information and care. Keeping them (as well as our staff and volunteers) safe is of our utmost concern.
As of March 10th, there are eight confirmed cases of coronavirus in Maryland.
We are encouraged that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for reducing coronavirus infection focus on practices that are already established into our daily operations at MobileMed. Health officials continue to share the following best practices as important steps to prevent the spread of this virus:
- Avoid interaction with people who are sick/ill.
- If you are sick, please stay at home.
- Do not travel is you are sick/ill.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water.
- Use an alcohol based sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
MobileMed will continue to monitor the guidelines issued by the CDC, Maryland Department of Health, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, and other reputable scientific sources.
We are working collaboratively with our partners to ensure the best possible patient care. All clinics are maintaining regularly scheduled hours, and all necessary procedures are being conducted to keep our patients, staff, volunteers and the general public healthy during this outbreak. Our staff have received training on COVID-19, and will diligently carry out the recommended protocols. We will take appropriate measures to ensure that our patients are able to address their medical needs. We are asking all MobileMed patients who exhibit symptoms including fever, cough, and shortness of breath to call our office before coming for an exam. We understand that fears and anxieties are elevated in our community. We will update our community if it is determined that additional actions need to be taken.
Our multi-cultural patient population faces clear disparities in care access. As noted by Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles, the virus does not discriminate or target specific racial or ethnic groups, and calls for sharing accurate and trusted information.
Lastly, while coronavirus has dominated the national news, the United States is still in the grip of the annual flu season. According to the CDC, there is a high level of influenza infection in our region. MobileMed asks that everyone be vigilant in maintaining the hygiene and sanitary practices outlined above.
As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or contacting Michele Levy at email@example.com.