If you have been told that you should self-quarantine because of travel or a potential exposure, you should not be seen in our office for any reason, even if you do not have any symptoms.
As state-wide recommendations regarding the spread of COVID-19 change, we continue to modify our delivery of care appropriately.
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If you have an urgent psychiatric need, please call (802) 864-6309 and ask to be added to the “Psychiatric Same-Day Clinic” and you will receive proper instructions to access services via telephone or Zoom. You can call to request a “same-day” psychiatry appointment up to 24 hours in advance.
Recognizing Symptoms and Knowing When to Call
Are you experiencing symptoms of COVID-19? Maybe you’ve tested positive, but are not experiencing symptoms? In this helpful video, our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Heather Stein, helps guide you through the different scenarios, which we’ve summarized below:
Call CHCB if… you are experiencing significant symptoms such as a high fever, difficulty breathing, or fatigue that is so severe it prevents you from performing daily activities. A member of your care team will advise you on testing recommendations and treatment options.
Stay home for five days if… you are experiencing mild symptoms such as cough, fatigue, changes to taste or smell, body aches, headache, sore throat, stuffy nose, nausea and/or diarrhea; have had a close contact exposure; or have tested positive without symptoms. If you are feeling the same or better after five days, you may resume your normal activity as long as you be sure to wear a mask when around others. In these cases you do not need to call CHCB, as you will be given this same information from your care team.
If you are a CHCB patient with significant COVID-related symptoms, please call to schedule a telehealth visit with your provider for evaluation. They will order a COVID test if necessary and you will receive those results from your CHCB care team.
If you are experiencing mild symptoms or have had an exposure and are not experiencing symptoms, we ask that you please stay home and try to get a home antigen test or make an appointment at a state-run testing site. Information about state-run testing can be found online at healthvermont.gov. If you are currently waiting on test results, please refer to this information sheet from the Vermont Department of Health.
Certain state-run testing sites are now offering take-home self tests. A list of these sites can be found here. Please report your results here to help the Department of Health understand how many Vermonters are being tested and how the virus is spreading. The information you provide will remain private. The Vermont Language Justice Project has created videos in multiple languages to help understand the self-test instructions.
Do you have questions about reimbursement for purchased at-home FDA approved COVID tests? This link will provide answers to many questions and links to payer reimbursement forms.
What to Expect at Your Visit
We continue to check the temperatures and ask several screening questions of all patients and staff entering our buildings. You will be screened by a Patient Services Representative when you check-in for your appointment.
- Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will be asked to return to their vehicle for an evaluation by phone or at curbside if needed. Patients may be moved from a curbside visit to a designated room as needed.
- Masks are still required in shared spaces, even if you are fully vaccinated. If you do not have one, you will be given a disposable or cloth mask to use for the duration of your visit.
- We are asking everyone to practice physical distancing and to be especially mindful of allowing at least six feet of space between yourself and others in the waiting room.
- At this time, patients should come into the building alone. Children may have one parent or guardian, and translators will be allowed to accompany patients with Limited English Proficiency.
New Additional Visit Types
After you have been triaged over the phone, you will be instructed to either schedule a telehealth visit or come to one of our open locations if an office visit is recommended. If you are exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 you will be scheduled for a curbside visit. When arriving for a curbside visit, you will park in a clearly designated spot and complete your intake by phone. Your provider will then come out to your car in full Personal Protective Gear to complete the exam. Exceptions will be made for anyone without a car or in need of lab work that requires being done inside.
Continued Best Practices to Stay Safe
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Practice physical distancing as best you can, wear a mask while out in public, and continue to take action to help prevent the spread of respiratory illness by following the below guidelines. This will keep health care resources available for those with the most need and not overburden systems. Please also help keep our staff safe if you are able to donate any of the items on our list of current needs.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.
- Avoid close contact with people outside of your household through physical distancing. Maintain a distance of at least six feet from others, and wear a mask when out in public.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with your sleeve or a tissue, not your hands.
- Stay home when you’re sick, especially with a fever, except when advised to get medical care.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Up-to-date information via the Vermont Department of Health has been translated into multiple languages.
Additionally, UVM Medical Center has a page of translated COVID-19 guidance, and community members have also created a YouTube channel of COVID-19 information in different languages.