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  • The New York City Department of Health provided us with the attached health advisory for city veterinarians. The key difference is that in the city: "The NYC Health Department is not requiring 14-day quarantine for close contacts of cases. Instead, ...

  • Continuing Education Some regulations restrict licensees to a certain percentage of self-study for continuing education requirements. In response to the evolving situation with the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), and for those licensees whose registrations ...

  • Paycheck Protection Program : The Treasury Department released a press release today indicating the Paycheck Protection Program will be operational by Friday: home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm961. From the press release: "This legislation ...

  • Which protocol are you referring to?There is one about guidelines for returning to work that is very specific about healthcare workers, and does not apply to veterinarians, even though some veterinarians have received it. (Attached) Is there another ...

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  • 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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