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Gov. Jared Polis said Wednesday that more guidance and measures restricting the movement of Coloradans will be unveiled in the coming hours and days as the state tries to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.
“All of the additional social distancing measures that are applicable are being looked at, balanced with how long can people endure them, sustain them, what is the effect on the economy,” Polis told reporters at a news conference at the state Capitol.
Polis did not specify which next steps he is weighing, but didn’t rule out issuing an order that Coloradans shelter in place, similar to those that have been enacted in other parts of the U.S., including six counties in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Polis said the idea is to balance short-term economic strife against much broader, more devastating effects that could come if the state isn’t forceful enough now in trying to keep the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, from spiraling out of control.
Conifer Medical Center is making changes during the COVID-19 pandemic
We recognize that with the constantly changing COVID-19 situation, this is an unprecedented time for everyone in our community and across the nation. Conifer Medical Center wants our mountain community to know we are committed to providing you with ongoing health care services. Your health, safety, and welfare in the face of the coronavirus is our highest priority. Conifer Medical Center is following all guidelines for healthcare facilities put out by the Center for Disease Control ( www.cdc.gov ). These guidelines have been developed to prevent the rapid spread of this dangerous disease through our community.
Unfortunately, in order to protect our patients and staff we will be unable to continue business as normal. We cannot continue seeing potentially infected patients in the office and run the risk of adding to this awful pandemic. We are also unable to offer testing for the COVID-19 virus at Conifer Medical Center. After attending a recent virtual meeting with over 500 medical providers and representatives from the Colorado Department of Public Health, we were advised there will be an ongoing shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) i.e. gloves, masks, gowns and eye protection/face shields. This shortage of essential equipment is likely to go on for many months and limits ability to test or provide care to patients who are suspected to be contagious. Currently, all PPE in the state is being diverted to the hospitals where clinicians are caring for the most ill patients.
In light of the above challenges, our team had an emergency meeting and have decided to offer the following services at this time:
Telehealth services Due to the public health emergency, the government has given us options for telehealth visits. By calling our office (303)647-5300, our staff can schedule you the appropriate visit. In doing this, you can stay safe in your home while continuing care with your healthcare provider.
We are able to take new patients if your insurance allows. Our providers will be unable to prescribe opioids at telehealth visits.
Telehealth Hours Monday through Friday 8 to 6, Saturday and Sunday 9 to 2
Our Clinic has decided to stay open for urgent care needs for non-ill patients only. This could include needing stitches, needing an x-ray, etc. You will be screened before entering the building for a fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath. If positive, we will be unable to treat you. We will also only allow persons essential to the visit within the office to accompany the patient. This may include one parent for a child, a spouse, or a single caregiver.
Any questions, please feel free to call me. Denise Stuart, Practice Administrator (303)647-5280
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