Update 1/11/2022

Our office will be closed for Martin Luther King Jr Day – Monday, January 17th. 

We ask that you please plan ahead for this office closure and address any medical concerns, prescription needs…etc., prior to the holiday weekend. However, we are always available for the urgent medical needs of our patients. Please call the main office number (970-927-8181) and select option #2 so that you can be directly connected with the cell phone of the covering physician. If you have a non-urgent issue, please call back during business hours or choose option #1 and leave us a brief message. We will return all calls when we are back in the office.

 

COVID-19 Update

As you are aware, the Omicron variant of COVID-19 is literally everywhere in our Valley.

Please consider this as you make plans to see friends and family, go out to dinner or attend social activities.

TESTING

COVID-19 testing is no longer available to outpatients at Valley View Hospital.  Testing is available at Aspen Valley Hospital only if it will change treatment plans for the patient.  Currently, this would only apply to patients who are severely immunocompromised.

If you would like to be tested, we recommend:

www.rfvcovidtest.com , www.aspenronatesting.com or www.slopesidelabs.com

TREATMENT

Monoclonal antibodies are in extremely short supply.  Currently they are only being administered, if available, to severely immunocompromised patients or unvaccinated patients >75 yrs or >65 yrs with additional risk factors.  This is a National Institutes of Health protocol.

Paxlovid is an oral regimen that has been approved by the FDA to treat COVID-19.  This should be available soon, but we do not have access to it currently.  Please be aware that Paxlovid has MULTIPLE significant drug interactions, so this likely will only be recommended to very high risk patients.

ISOLATION

If you have COVID-19, it is recommended that you isolate for at least 5 days from the beginning of symptoms.  If at 5 days you have been fever free for 24 hrs, the CDC now suggests that you retest, with a home or antigen test.  If it remains positive, you should continue your isolation for 5 more days to complete 10 days.  If the follow up test is negative or you do not have access to a test, your isolation can end, but you must wear a mask for the next 5 days.

QUARANTINE

If you have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19 and you are vaccinated AND boosted, you do not have to quarantine, but should wear a mask for 10 days.  

If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and you have not been vaccinated or it has been 6 mos since your vaccine and you are NOT boosted, you must quarantine for 5 days and then wear a mask for the next 5 days.

Thanks and stay safe,

David Borchers and Staff