Coronavirus Update

COVID-19 Update For Our Patients (Updated March 11, 2020)

Due to recent public health concerns, Champlain Ophthalmology is actively monitoring information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as well as updates from local officials regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus disease). The safety of our patients and staff is our top priority. As such, we have established screening measures and will continue to follow the most stringent infection prevention protocols in our practice.

We would like to ask that all patients and visitors notify us in advance if they feel they are a risk for COVID-19.  If you have flu or cold-like symptoms such as a cough or a fever, newly developed shortness of breath, or if you have recently traveled to an area outside the US with known coronavirus or have been in contact with someone who has traveled or contracted the virus, please contact our office to reschedule your appointment.  If you were tested for the virus and the results were negative, please feel free to keep your appointment.

As a safety measure to our staff and other patients, we are unable to treat untested patients who present any of these symptoms.  We require a two-week waiting period for an appointment if you have traveled to any of these areas listed below or been in contact with someone who is ill.
1. China
2. Iran
3. South Korea
4. Italy
5. Japan

Also, remember your best defense to help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses like COVID-19 is to follow good prevention practices:
1. Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer
2. Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues
3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
4. Avoid close contact with people who are sick
5. Stay home if you are feeling sick
6. If you have traveled recently or have been in close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 and are experiencing the above symptoms, please seek medical attention right away.
7. Before you go to any healthcare facility, call ahead and let them know of your recent travel history and symptoms.

For more information, please see the following CDC website for the most up-to-date information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html