We are working our best at Foxhall Internists to continue to serve you during this stressful and unpredictable time. We have been very pleased to hear that our patients have generally done an excellent job following social distancing recommendations, as well as self-isolation when appropriate. This remains the single most important thing you can do to reduce the risk of transmission of the COVID-19 virus in our community.
We have needed to transition to video, phone, and email consultations with our patients when appropriate during the coronavirus outbreak. Each of our doctors has their own policy on how they are managing this. If you require assistance with any acute or chronic medical issue, please start by contacting your primary doctor's assistant, and they will then advise you on what should be done next.
At this time, we are keeping the office open to see patients who need an in-person evaluation and/or lab testing. We have taken steps to reduce the chance of COVID-19 transmission in our office, and we have stopped seeing patients with respiratory infection symptoms since about the time the first cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in our area. All patients will be asked to wear a mask during their time in the office. In the interest of conserving masks, we kindly ask that you do not have anyone accompany you to your appointment, unless their assistance is required.
We are following the same policy as other outpatient medical practices in the area, including the Johns Hopkins ambulatory clinics, and we are not doing COVID-19 testing in our office. There are now an increasing number of testing sites run by public health agencies and local hospital systems in the area, and we are utilizing these when testing is required. We plan to keep our office open as long as this is possible. In the event that closure of the office becomes necessary, we plan to continue to be available for consultations via the phone and electronic media.
We will continue to provide updated information as the situation evolves. Please also consult the
CDC Coronavirus website
CDC Travel website
for further information. As always, if you are not feeling well, and especially if you have recurring fevers or trouble breathing, please call your doctor, and call 911 in case of an emergency.