COVID19 and the Psychiatrist’s Office

Dear Patient:

As of May 11, 2023, the federal government announced the end of the Public Health Emergency due to COVID-19. However, this does not mean that the risk of infection with COVID has been eliminated. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) continue to recommend precautions to reduce the risk of infection with COVID and to reduce the severity of symptoms, should you become infected, including:

  1. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water.
  2. Avoid touching your face.
  3. Cover your mouth when your cough or sneeze. Try to use your elbow.
  4. Avoid physical touch and contact with others.
  5. In crowds, try to remain at least 6 feet (2 meters) apart.
  6. If your immune system is compromised, or you are at risk for severe illness, wear an appropriate mask or face covering when in a public building or around large crowds.
  7. Get vaccinated
  8. If you experience any symptoms, such as fever, cough, or fatigue, you can get tested. If you test positive, contact your doctor for further advice.

What’s happening at my office?

My office has and will remain open for business. I am seeing patients during regular office hours. I continue to take all reasonable precautions to prevent the risk of exposure to COVID or other infectious diseases.

I also continue to offer “virtual appointments” via video over the internet. My preferred video portal is Google Meet, which is available to anyone who uses the internet. It works best on Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Firefox web browsers.