Coronavirus/ COVID-19 Information and Update
A Letter from Dr. Kaufman
October 22, 2020
I would like to share the most up to date information with you so we can take care of you and protect you at the same time. Please call or e-mail with questions or concerns.
With the COVID-19 situation now stabilized here in New York, we are returning to a new normal. The American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) recommend that medical facilities return to the new normal for all routine breast exams and screening exams (to include screening mammography, ultrasound, and MRI). Most imaging centers are up and running at near full capacity.
The recommendation above will continue and then be reevaluated periodically.
In addition to screening tests, etc, routine office visits and consultations are now back to normal. The hospital, our breast center and the operating room are now running on a normal schedule.
Breast biopsies and breast surgical procedures have returned to normal scheduling. On a positive note there are few if any patients with active COVID-19 infection in the hospital. We are taking every precaution to protect our patients and staff in all of our facilities. This includes, social distancing, wearing of masks, frequent hand washing, extensive cleaning and sanitizing the facilities.
Hopefully, everything will be back to normal in the very near future. We look forward to the development of a safe and effective vaccine as well as new life-saving treatments very soon.
The CDC recommends several measures people can take to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 30 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- When you go out, you must wear a mask at all times.
It is important to note that surgical masks or face covering are now indicted for everyone.
Those who have had close contact with a person known to have coronavirus or have recently traveled from an area with an ongoing spread of coronavirus and feel sick should seek medical care. The CDC suggests calling the health care provider before visiting the office to discuss symptoms and recent travel.
Additional information about coronavirus is available at cdc.gov.
To our patients and their families.
We find ourselves living in a challenging time in history. Nevertheless, I am confident that together we will emerge from this better, stronger, smarter and even more prepared to face the challenges that lie ahead.
I want to assure you that me and my entire team at Breast Care Specialists stand ready to help you in any way we can. Our offices and Breast Health Center are open during normal business hours. We are now seeing patients in our offices who have routine and urgent issues, and those with mammograms, breast sonograms and breast MRI tests that have identified a suspicious mass or other serious problem. We are also seeing patients who feel a lump in the breast on examination. In addition, our breast biopsy and breast surgery schedule is now at full capacity with no further limitations or restrictions. We are performing biopsies and surgeries for anyone in need.
If you have a concern or question, please feel free to reach out to us by phone at 516-520-1480, on this website or via the email link on this website. We are here for you and stand ready and able to take care of you. Rest assured that even during these difficult times we will provide you with the best care available.
What You Need to Know Before You Visit Our Facility
If you believe you or your family members may have been in contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, please call us or your primary health care providers to alert them of this potential exposure. In addition, if you have flu-like symptoms (fever, cough and shortness of breath), also call your health care provider first for instructions. Do not come to the office if you have these symptoms.
If you are unable to reach your provider or don’t have one, call the New York State coronavirus hotline with questions or concerns about travel and symptoms at 1-888-364-3065. Testing is currently coordinated through city, county and state health departments. Any suspected COVID-19 cases will be reported to local health departments, which determine whether a patient needs to be tested. The tests are then submitted to the CDC laboratory or approved outside labs.
Please know that New York State has directed all insurance carriers to cover the cost of testing for coronavirus without copays. Testing is done through swabbing the nose and throat and sending it to an authorized lab.
The best way to avoid getting sick is to wash your hands with soap and water for more than 30 seconds, or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe and avoid close contact with sick people.