Whatcom and Skagit County reported the first positive cases of COVID-19 on March 10, 2020. We understand that this may increase the level of concern in our communities. We want to reassure patients and family members that Family Care Network is prepared to handle the COVID-19 virus with the same commitment to high quality, compassionate care that we provide every day.
Local health authorities have issued updated recommendations to help reduce risk of exposure to the virus:
- As of March 10, county health departments recommend people avoid non-essential gatherings or large groups of 10-50 or more people, as much as possible. This applies particularly to people at higher risk of severe illness: people over 60 years of age; people with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease or diabetes; people with weakened immune systems; and pregnant women.
- If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, please call your healthcare provider for evaluation BEFORE seeking care in an office, urgent care, or emergency department.
- COVID-19 testing guidelines have changed and now have no restrictions related to international travel or symptoms. Although laboratory testing is becoming more broadly available, there are currently limitations in our testing supplies and capacity to process samples in local laboratories. Your healthcare provider will evaluate your symptoms to determine whether COVID-19 testing is appropriate. In general, it is not recommended to test people who don’t have symptoms unless they have been in close contact of a confirmed case (within about 6 feet). Family Care Network is following county health department recommendations to prioritize testing: https://www.whatcomcounty.us/3329/Novel-Coronavirus-COVID-19.
Our top priority has always been to provide safe, timely, medically appropriate care to all of our patients. We are working hard to ensure that our clinics continue to be safe places for all patients to access appropriate ongoing medical care.
Please visit https://www.familycarenetwork.com/alert-info for additional information regarding Family Care Network’s response to COVID-19 in our region.