Effective Monday 3/30/20, BRCC is prohibiting all non-essential visitors from accompanying patients in our offices. Medically necessary caregivers assisting a patient will be assessed on a case by case basis.
Our offices are currently open and operating on a normal schedule. Unless you are directly notified otherwise, all appointments remain as scheduled.
Your health and safety is our top priority.
In response to confirmed cases of 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Virginia, Blue Ridge Cancer Care is enhancing our protocols and screening of patients.
To reduce exposure risk during these times, all patients and visitors will go through a screening process prior to entering all Blue Ridge Cancer Care clinics. In addition, BRCC is prohibiting all non-essential visitors from accompanying patients in our offices. Medically necessary caregivers assisting a patient will be assessed on a case by case basis.
In addition to our existing protocols and our rigorous cleaning procedures, to further ensure the safety of those we serve, we have:
- Implemented travel restrictions for our employees
- Mandated that any employees feeling unwell stay home
- Asked that all patients experiencing symptoms of a cough, fever or difficulty breathing; those who traveled to areas impacted by the COVID-19 within the past 14 days or who may have been exposed to the coronavirus to contact Blue Ridge Cancer Care before visiting our clinics for scheduled appointments.
Typical symptoms of COVID-19 include a fever, cough and respiratory difficulty.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website.
These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.
The health and safety of the Blue Ridge Cancer Care community is our top priority. We are monitoring COVID-19 closely, and you can find the latest information on the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.