CCVIM COVID-19 INFORMATION

UPDATE

CCVIM is still open to serve the uninsured in our community.  At this time, due to COVID-19, Columbia County Volunteers in Medicine Clinic will not be taking any new patients.  Existing patients can call the clinic, or use our telehealth option.  Please contact CCVIM at 570-752-1780 with questions or problems.  In-person appointments will be given only as needed.  We are not available for any drop-ins. If you have made an appointment or arrangements to come to the clinic, the door will be locked, but ring the bell.

 

Columbia County Volunteers In Medicine Clinic will be following recommendations from the CDC (click here: Centers for Disease Control) and the PA DOH (Click here: Pennsylvania Department of Health) in dealing with the COVID-19 (Corona) Virus.  CCVIM will provide updates to this information as they occur.

 

WHAT NOT TO DO:

 

If you are experiencing fever, cough, or shortness of breath, first of all, DON’T PANIC!  There are many other causes, including the flu, sinus infections, or even seasonal allergies.  Patients with no insurance can continue to call CCVIM if you are concerned, but be aware, no in-person appointments for respiratory symptoms or fever will be given at CCVIM at this time.

 

Following new and ever-changing protocols, if you have fever, cough, or shortness of breath, (even if you know it is from another cause than COVID-19) and even if you have an appointment at CCVIM, DO NOT come inside the clinic!

 

Because testing for COVID-19 is not available here at the clinic, the best way to take care of the health of all our patients, our staff, and our community, is to get people who may possibly be infected with this virus directly to the appropriate resource for prompt evaluation and treatment.  The best place at this time is NOT CCVIM Clinic.  Instead, Geisinger Health has a COVID-19 Hotline to call for evaluation.  Their number is 570-284-3657.

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

 

Of course, you can still call CCVIM, and we now have a telehealth option available for existing patients with the HIPAA-compliant VSEE videochat program.  Patients can be evaluated by our providers from the safety of their own home.  Patients who are at higher risk of infection, but may still have other chronic health needs can also utilize this service.  You will need a computer, tablet, or smartphone with a camera. Contact the clinic to be sent step-by-step instructions for this easy download.  You will still need to call CCVIM to make an appointment to be “seen.”

 

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 call for medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider at CCVIM for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

We understand that there are many unknowns, and people are anxious or afraid.    If you have the emergency warning signs, PLEASE CALL (do not go until you have called) the nearest emergency room.  If you have mild symptoms, or are just concerned, the ER is NOT the place best for your health either, as you may be exposed to people who actually are infected!

 

FOR CCVIM PATIENTS:

 

Providing healthcare for free for our community is why we exist.  We understand that our patents have no health insurance and don’t want to end up with large hospital bills. If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, call for medical attention immediately!  Please do not worry about the bills involved- this can be life-threatening- and because it is a serious threat to public health, it is probable that funds will be available to cover those costs.

 

Here is a link about how to best protect yourself from this virus:

Prepare for and Prevent Coronavirus

 

If you are infected with COVID-19 or suspect you may be, read the following fact sheet:

Have (or might have) COVID-19?