Parkview Primary Care Covid19 Update

4/14/2021

We are aware of the recent recommendation from the CDC to pause the use of the Johnson and Johnson CoVid-19 vaccine. Please be aware that the occurrence of these reactions has been very low. There have been 6 instances of blood clots out of 6,640,000 cases. The adverse events occurred 6 to 13 days after administration of the vaccine. According to CDC guidelines, patients should contact their primary care provider if they experience severe headaches, leg pain, abdominal pain, or shortness of breath.

 

Please continue to follow the advice of the CDC, state, and local health departments in regards to receiving the CoVid-19 vaccine. If you have an upcoming appointment scheduled to receive the vaccine please make sure to keep that appointment as we all continue to make an impact in end this pandemic.

 

 

 

4/6/2021

New York State has expanded the vaccine availability to individuals over the age of 16. Please use the New York State Am I Eligible website to determine eligibility and schedule an appointment, https://www.vaccinehound.org/. If you are having difficulty finding an available appointment the University at Buffalo has created a website to assist and that can be found here, https://www.vaccinehound.org/.

 

 

1/11/2021

New York State has started Phase 1B of the Coronavirus Vaccine phased distribution. Our office has not received any doses of the vaccine yet. We are continuing to work with New York State and once we receive doses of the vaccine we will begin contacting those patients that are eligible based on the phased distribution plan. To determine if you are currently eligible to receive the vaccine at another location based on the current distribution phase please click the following link: https://www.vaccinehound.org/.  If you do not have access to a computer or smart device you can call 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829) beginning at 4:00 PM Monday, January 11th.

The following information has come directly from the New York State Phased Distribution Plan website. This list details exactly who is eligible based on the current New York State phased distribution plan.

Eligible New Yorkers in Phase 1a and 1b are:
  • High-risk hospital workers (emergency room workers, ICU staff and Pulmonary Department staff)

  • Residents and staff at nursing homes and other congregate care facilities

  • Federally Qualified Health Center employees

  • EMS workers

  • Coroners, medical examiners and certain funeral workers

  • Staff and residents at OPWDD, OMH and OASAS facilities

  • Urgent Care providers

  • Individuals administering COVID-19 vaccines, including local health department staff

  • All Outpatient/Ambulatory front-line, high-risk health care workers of any age who provide direct in-person patient care

  • All staff who are in direct contact with patients (i.e., intake staff)

  • All front-line, high-risk public health workers who have direct contact with patients, including those conducting COVID-19 tests, handling COVID-19 specimens and COVID-19 vaccinations

  • This includes, but is not limited to,

    • Doctors who work in private medical practices and their staff 

    • Doctors who work in hospital-affiliated medical practices and their staff

    • Doctors who work in public health clinics and their staff

    • Registered Nurses

    • Specialty medical practices of all types

    • Dentists and Orthodontists and their staff

    • Psychiatrists and Psychologists and their staff

    • Physical Therapists and their staff

    • Optometrists and their staff

    • Pharmacists and Pharmacy Aides

    • Home care workers

    • Hospice workers

  • Staff of nursing homes/skilled nursing facilities who did not receive COVID vaccination through the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program

Beginning January 11, 2021 Eligible New Yorkers in Phase 1b:
  • Individuals Age 65 and older

  • First Responder and Support Staff for First Responder Agency

    • Fire Service

      • State Fire Service, including firefighters and investigators (professional and volunteer)

      • Local Fire Services, including firefighters and investigators (professional and volunteer)

    • Police and Investigations

      • State Police, including Troopers

      • State Park Police, DEC Police, Forest Rangers

      • SUNY Police

      • Sheriffs' Offices

      • County Police Departments and Police Districts

      • City, Town, and Village Police Departments

      • Transit of other Public Authority Police Departments

      • State Field Investigations, including Department of Motor Vehicles, State Commission of Correction, Justice Center, Department of Financial Services, Inspector General, Department of Tax and Finance, Office of Children and Family Services and State Liquor Authority

    • Public Safety Communications

      • Emergency Communication and Public Safety Answering Point Personnel, including dispatchers and technicians

    • Other Sworn and Civilian Personnel

      • Court Officers

      • Other Police or Peace Officers

      • Support of Civilian Staff for Any of the above services, agencies, or facilities

  • Corrections

    • State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Personnel, including correction and parole officers

    • Local Correctional Facilities, including correction officers

    • Local Probation Departments, including probation officers

    • State Juvenile Detention and Rehabilitation Facilities

    • Local Juvenile Detention and Rehabilitation Facilities

  • P-12 Schools

    • P-12 school or school district faculty or staff (includes all teachers, substitute teachers, student teachers, school administrators, paraprofessional staff and support staff including bus drivers)

    • Contractors working in a P-12 school or school district (including contracted bus drivers)

    • Licensed, registered, approved or legally exempt group Childcare

    • Licensed, registered, approved or legally exempt group Childcare Providers

  • Employees or Support Staff of Licensed or Registered Childcare Setting

  • Licensed, Registered, Approved or Legally Exempt Childcare Providers

  • Public Transit

    • Airline and airport employees

    • Passenger railroad employees

    • Subway and mass transit employees (i.e., MTA, LIRR, Metro North, NYC Transit, Upstate transit)

    • Ferry employees

    • Port Authority employee

    • Public bus employee

  • Individuals living in a homeless shelter where sleeping, bathing or eating accommodations must be shared with individuals and families who are not part of your household

  • Individual working (paid or unpaid) in a homeless shelter where sleeping, bathing or eating accommodations must be shared by individuals and families who are not part of the same household, in a position where there is potential for interaction with shelter residents

  • Public-facing grocery store workers

  • In-person college instructors

11/16/2020

Due to the rapid increase of positive cases in our region we will be enhancing our screening of patients and visitors entering the office. In addition to everyone having their temperature taken, all patients and visitors will be asked a series of three questions. As a further attempt to limit the possibility of any exposure or transmission we are asking that if you have experienced any of the following symptoms over the last 10 days to please call our office to reschedule your appointment.

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

11/11/2020

Our region is beginning to experience an uptick in CoVid-19 cases. Please continue to make sure you are following all social distancing guidelines, continuing to wear your mask while in public and unable to socially distance, and washing your hands frequently to help reduce the chance of spread. 

Erie County has recently changed the guidelines required for testing through the Erie County Department of Health. In order to schedule and be tested you must currently be under quarantine due to being a close contact with a confirmed positive case or are currently experiencing symptoms. This change will become effective 11/12/2020. If you fall into either of these categories you can call (716)858-2929 to schedule an appointment for testing.

If you do not fall into either of the above categories and would still like to be tested you can call the New York State Department of Health scheduling line at 1-888-364-3065 or you can click this link, https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-testing, and schedule an appointment. Additionally, you can go to any WellNow Urgent Care or WNY Immediate Care to receive testing.

The symptoms continue to be the same as our last update. Please remember that you can start to experience symptoms anywhere from 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. If you feel that you are experiencing symptoms please call our office at (716)558-7727 to speak with one of our staff.

Thank you,

Parkview Primary Care Physicians Staff

9/3/2020

As our region and community continue to return to our pre-CoVid 19 routines please be assured that our practice continues to maintain recommended precautions. All staff are clinically screened daily at the start of their shift, including having their temperature taken. All staff are continuing to wear face masks throughout the day, especially in areas with continuous patient contact. We have multiple hand sanitizer stations throughout the office. Each person that walks into our office is screened and has their temperature taken. Our waiting room is set up so that only every other seat is available in order to maintain social distancing. Our waiting room is wiped down every hour. Our patient check in areas are wiped down after each patient.

Please continue to wear a mask when you are out in public especially if  you are unable to socially distance. Good handwashing hygiene and the use of hand sanitizer continue to be standard practice.

The symptoms for CoVid-19 are as follows:

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

These symptoms can appear within 2-14 days of exposure.

Testing for the presence of the virus in individuals is being conducted by appointment only at New York State and Erie County testing facilities and sites. The location and dates of testing sites for Erie County can be found by clicking this link, CoVID-19 Testing in Erie County. WellNow Urgent Care facilities and WNY Immediate Care Urgent Care facilities are offering testing as well. If you feel that need to be tested, please call our office to be screened by one of our staff. If it is determined that you meet the requirements for testing, either swab or antibody testing, our staff will provide you direction on where to have the testing completed.

 

The following links contain information regarding CoVid-19 and other helpful information.

 

Frequently asked questions for CoVid-19 nasal and oral swab testing.

https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/05/sars-cov-2_diagnostictesting_051520-2.pdf

 

Frequently asked questions for CoVid-19 antibody testing.

http://dmna.ny.gov/covid19/docs/all/DOH_COVID19_AntibodyTestingFactSheet_041420.pdf

 

Erie County Department of Health CoVid-19 Packet of Information.

https://www2.erie.gov/health/sites/www2.erie.gov.health/files/uploads/pdfs/ECDOHCOVID19PacketofInformation.pdf

 

For general information from the CDC please follow this link.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

 

Handwashing

https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/index.html

 

 

Cleaning and disinfecting your home

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/disinfecting-your-home.html


 
John Kavcic B.A.,M.D.,F.C.C.F.P.,A.B.F.P