RAB Coronavirus Response and Updates
Why do we take social distancing so seriously? The attached 3-D demonstration from the New York Times helps to demonstrate why. Click here to check it out.
Recently the Governor announced a relaxation of the stay at home order. This does NOT mean that we are ready to open our office to in-person appointments. Please do not arrive to the office. For the safety of our patients, staff and physicians, we will continue to offer our clinical visits only through telehealth. RAB is continuously monitoring the COVID situation and is actively engaging in discussion about how to safely open the office for in-office patient visits. By keeping everyone's exposure to a minimum, we are contributing to the reduction of the spread of the virus, which is still active in the State.
Update: May 7, 2020
Yesterday, May 6, 2020, Governor Hogan amended his directive and orders surrounding healthcare in the State. He has allowed for elective and non-urgent medical procedures to resume at licensed healthcare facilities and with all healthcare providers. There are of course requirements in place for facilities and practitioners to resume activities.
Social distancing practices must continue and be strictly maintained
Staff and patients alike must be screened for COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival for shift or visit
All healthcare facilities must attest that they are practicing enhanced infection control measures and have adequate personal protective equipment
In light of the updated directives and orders, RAB will continue limiting access to our office to include ONLY those patients arriving for infusion or by approved appointment for an in-office visit. All other patients will continue to be cared for via telehealth.
For those patients arriving in the office, RAB will continue to perform pre-screening phone calls with additional screening upon arrival. Please do not arrive to the office without a face mask. Your safety and the safety of other patients, physicians and the staff is our primary concern.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation.
Update: April 16, 2020
Governor Hogan is tightening restrictions by requiring Marylanders to wear a mask in all retail and public transportation spaces. Although these restrictions may be uncomfortable, they are designed to halt the further spread of COVID-19.
RAB has been practicing social distancing and has required all staff to wear masks when in the office for the protection of those around them. These efforts combined with the implementation of telehealth visits have allowed our staff to be remain hard at work meeting our patient's needs.
We continue to encourage patients to schedule a telehealth visit instead of waiting for the social distancing restrictions to relax. We anticipate telehealth visits will be our method of healthcare delivery for several weeks and possibly months to come. Our goal is to provide the quality and compassion you've come to expect in your rheumatology care while partnering with you to assure you remain healthy and safe.
Thank you for allowing us to continue to care for through these very difficult days. We stand at the ready to answer your questions and concentrate on your healthcare needs.
Update: April 2, 2020
RAB has implemented and performed telehealth visits with positive feedback. Our staff have been practicing social distancing and following strict prevention practices in an effort to reduce exposure to our patients, families, and communities. We urge our patients to remain vigilant in following the law and recommendations surrounding social distancing.
If you have symptoms or believe that you have had an exposure, please follow the guidelines from the CDC which are posted in the link below.
Update: March 17, 2020
We continue to encourage all patients to follow CDC guidance for frequent hand washing and social distancing. RAB is pleased to begin offering telehealth services. If you are interested in a telehealth visit, contact our office.
Click here for the latest recommendations: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Update: March 16, 2020
The safety and well being of our patients is our primary concern.
Please do not come into the office if you have symptoms such as cough, fever, shortness of breath, or have been exposed to someone who may be at high risk for contracting or spreading the coronavirus. If you arrive to the office with such symptoms, we will ask you to go home and contact us via telephone for alternative care options. Thank you for assisting us with these containment efforts.
To Patients at Rheumatology Associates of Baltimore:
We have been monitoring the recent events concerning the spread of coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) and have been following multiple reliable agencies including the CDC and Maryland State Department of Health. We intend to keep our patients updated with information as we obtain it to keep everyone apprised of the changing picture.
Our advice to all patients is to contact their primary care physician if you start feeling unusually ill. We are available to you as well so please feel free to contact us and we will try to advise you through our staff, including medical assistants, nurse practitioners, and physicians. For those individuals who are taking biologic medications or are immunosupressed, it is recommended that you avoid any airplane travel and avoid large crowds.
Please do not come to the office if you are feeling unwell, especially if you have symptoms of fevers, cough or shortness of breath. Upon arriving at the office, you may be asked several additional questions upon check-in concerning your health and history of recent infections. We will attempt to help each patient based on each persons's circumstances. We will continue to monitor both telephone calls and the patient portal concerning questions. Expect to receive further communication through the patient portal.
Lastly, if people want to obtain more information from websites, these tend to be helpful and are updated regularly:
Thank you for you your patience as we work through this trying time.
The Clinicians and Staff of Rheumatology Associates of Baltimore