26 South Goodman Street Rochester, NY 14607

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Internal Medicine

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CORONAVIRUS OFFICE PROCEDURES

  • Our office is taking extreme measures to ensure patient safety.
  • Patients are roomed immediately and will be in contact only with our nurses and provider who will be wearing masks.
  • There will be no check-out and payments at time of service.  Scheduling will be done by phone or intercom.  
  • Any sick patient is being met outside, masked, and brought inside.  The providers will be wearing personal protective equipment.  
  • The office is being cleaned daily, and as needed, with long-lasting anti-viral cleaners.
  • For those very reluctant to come in, we offer TeleHealth (virtual visits) as appropriate.  
  • We also intend to screen people who may be symptomatic with coronavirus via TeleHealth FIRST in an effort to keep you out of the office.

COVID TESTING as of MAY 26th, 2020

     There are 2 types of Covid testing - the nasal swab or PCR which is intended to detect the virus and diagnose current symptomatic or asymptomatic disease.  

     PCR testing is currently being done in our office only for those who have symptoms of Covid-19 and is done as part of an office visit.  Testing of other patients such as those who will be having procedures , surgery, or have had exposure to Covid-19, are ordered by the entities doing the procedure of the health department.  

COVID TESTING as of MAY 26th, 2020

     There are 2 types of Covid testing - the nasal swab or PCR which is intended to detect the virus and diagnose current symptomatic or asymptomatic disease.          

     PCR testing is currently being done in our office only for those who have symptoms of Covid-19 and is done as part of an office visit.  Testing of other patients such as those who will be having procedures, surgery, or had exposure to Covid-19 are ordered by the entities doing the procedure or the health department.  

     Antibody testing will soon be offered by the two major hospital systems, but the exact dates continue to change.  Other entities, such as some Urgent Care Centers and Quest Diagnostics are offering these tests at high cost and their accuracy is unknown.  The current utility of antibody testing is very limited.  Given the very low prevalence of Covid-19 in our community (<5%), there will be a significant number of false positives.  A true positive at this time tells us you had the disease but not whether or not you are immune, and it could give one a false sense of security.  So, unless serum donation is anticipated, the test is only of academic interest.  When the test is rolled out (June 1st ?), it will be offered to health care workers, people who had symptoms suggestive of Covid-19 but weren't tested, and potential serum donors.  This will be expanded as time goes on.  Unfortunately the labs do not have enough personnel to draw blood and meet this high demand.  At this time, my office cannot draw the blood unless it is a part of a full office visit and is clinically relevant.  

     Please note that this is an evolving situation and information changes on a daily basis.  Updates will be posted as indicated.