March 17, 2020
Coronavirus Update from KC CARE 03.17.20
KC CARE will continue to provide periodic updates on the COVID-19 outbreak as often as necessary for our patients and community members to stay informed. Today, we want to share the following key information:
The most important thing for you to do is to practice social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19. KC CARE has changed our own staffing plan to practice social distancing. Per the CDC’s recommendation, social distancing involves remaining out of group settings larger than 50, staying home as much as possible, and maintaining 6 feet of distance between yourself and others whenever possible to limit the virus’ ability to spread.
KC CARE does not have testing kits for COVID-19 at any location. We will provide more information when it becomes available.
Patients seen at KC CARE who are believed to be potentially infected with COVID-19 (determined by contact history and/or symptoms) will be referred to the KCHD.
Patients should not hesitate to visit any of our locations but should be aware of enhanced screening measures at each entrance.
Staff will screen all guests for coughs and fevers, no matter the appointment type.
Prenatal services have relocated to Homeroom Health. This temporary change will allow us to better facilitate patients at all locations.
KC CARE’s dental team is only treating dental emergencies at this time. This decision was made based on guidance from the American Dental Association and was and upholds standard clinical practices during a virus outbreak. A dental emergency is defined by acute pain that is uncontrollable with over the counter pain relievers and infections of the soft tissues causing profound swelling. If you are unsure of if your needs constitute an emergency, KC CARE staff will provide an evaluation to determine if we can safely provide treatment now or if your treatment should be postponed.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ public hotline is operating 24/7 and available to answer any patient or healthcare worker questions. Call 877-435-8411 to speak to a medical professional.
Kansas City, Missouri continues to provide updates on their website.
Read KC CARE’s last blog post to learn about tracking your symptoms and recommendations for staying healthy