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Corona Virus Information and Update

A Letter from Dr. Kaufman

March 26, 2020

Dear Patients,
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 evolving quickly, we must act decisively. As such, out of an abundance of caution, to help stem the spread of this disease in our communities and to protect our patients and our staff, The American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) recommend that medical facilities postpone all breast screening exams (to include screening mammography, ultrasound, and MRI) effective immediately.

The recommendation above should be effective immediately and continue until the pandemic is under control and then be re-evaluated on a weekly basis based upon each community’s impact by the current pandemic.

In addition to screening mammograms, routine breast visits and consultations for non-urgent breast abnormalities should also be delayed.
These are unprecedented times and call for extraordinary measures. These actions during this pandemic are for the utmost protection of our patients and staff. There is no evidence that delaying screening mammography for the proposed short time period will affect mortality but there is plenty of evidence that being exposed to the coronavirus can impact mortality.

Thank you,
Dr. Kaufman

Additional information about coronavirus is available at cdc.gov.

 

Corona Virus information and Update:

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 better 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 seeing patients in our offices who have 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 are at full capacity for those with serious breast issues and breast cancer.

If you have a concern or question, please feel free to reach out to us by phone or via the e-mail 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 your health care provider 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.

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.

It is important to note that surgical masks are only indicated for individuals who have contracted coronavirus and are not an effective deterrent against infection.

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.