Covid-19 response

Latest Discussion Posts

  • NYS Curbside Mandate Lifted The NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets has provided us with the following update: "The requirement for curbside veterinary visits has been lifted. Veterinary clinics are now treated as any other business and ...

  • New York State Veterinary Medical Society HERO Act and Curbside Some members asked if the new HERO Act requirements mean that you need to return ...

  • On December 16, 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released its guidance concerning employers requiring COVID-19 vaccinations of their workforces. The EEOC does not expressly state that mandating vaccines is permissible, but ...

  • Still doing curbside check-in. Here is an updated flyer that might help explain things to your clients ------------------------------ Timothy Atkinson NYSVMS Albany 518-869-7867 ------------------------------

  • This week Governor Cuomo announced that The State's health guidance and New York Forward industry specific guidelines-including social gathering limits, capacity restrictions, social distancing, cleaning and disinfection, health screening, and contact ...

Announcements

  • Governor Cuomo Issues No New Statewide Rules During Update Press Conference

    Governor Cuomo Issues No New Statewide Rules During Update Press Conference

    In assuming responsibility for all decisions made in response to COVID-19 outbreak, Governor Cuomo announced that he has “no interest what so ever” in calling for a quarantine in any City. If anything is done, it will be statewide and preferably regional with other states and designed to reduce density (not encourage movement from one place to another). He did suggest that additional closings may be required to reduce rate of spread, potentially including businesses.

    New York continues to work to build hospital capacity and has asked skilled medical professionals to be prepared to work.

    NYS also is working to increase child care opportunities for parents who are essential workers, while reducing density within care settings.

    Expect to See Progress on Paid Leave Bill Today

    Governor Cuomo also mentioned that 3-way agreement has been reached on a paid leave bill and said it will cover people impacted by the outbreak.

  • Sample message to clients for safe visits to animal hospital

    **Important update**

     

    Due to the rising number of cases of COVID-19 in the area we are going to be changing the workflow of the practice. We are doing this in an effort to continue to provide quality medical care while keeping you and your family safe. Effective Monday March 16, only members of The Animal Hospital staff will be permitted inside the hospital building. We appreciate your understanding of this.

    For scheduled medical and surgical appointments:

    -Please call us when you arrive in the parking lot and remain in your vehicle.

    -A care professional associated with your appointment will discuss your needs by phone when you arrive. At the end of the phone conversation, a care professional will come to the parking lot to bring your pet into the building for evaluation.

    -After the medical team evaluates your pet, you will receive a phone call from your veterinarian to discuss recommendations and a plan moving forward. Verbal consent for treatment and diagnostics will be authorized via this phone call.

    -Once the care of your pet is complete, the discharge process will be discussed. At that time a customer service representative will discuss payment options.

    -We understand that extenuating circumstances will arise and we will work with you to accommodate these situations.

    Food and medication pick up:

    -Please call ahead and allow 24-48 hours for us to prepare the product.

    -Call us when you arrive to the hospital parking lot and we will either bring the medication to your car or leave it in the medication pick up box (only if prearranged).

    -By the middle of April, you will be able to order your pets’ medications and food through our new online pharmacy with home delivery! More to come on this.

    Telemedicine:

    -If you are an established patient, ask our team about our telemedicine option.

    -More to come on this soon!

    We know that this will be a significant change for everyone and we appreciate your patience as we work together to reduce the impact of this virus on our community.

    The Centers for Disease Control have a comprehensive website with general information and more about COVID-19 and animals: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

     

    Sincerely,

    The Doctors and Staff of The Animal Hospital

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