President of the Nacogdoches San Augustine County Medical Society, Modupe Sokunbi, M.D., Releases Press Release Considering COVID-19

"A lot of our local physicians can do office visits while you are at home, through your smartphone or tablet."
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March 16, 2020

The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic. President Trump has issued a national emergency. So far the virus has infected approximately 181,000 people worldwide and about 4,430 people in the US. In Texas, at least 69 cases have been reported. Our patients’ well-being and safety is and will always be our primary concern. Even though the situation seems grim, we can make a difference together. Prevention is better than cure for sure. We are following the COVID-19 events closely and we are ready to serve our patients. We are constantly updating our protocols based on recommendations from CDC, The Texas Department of Health and also the Catalyst Network, which is an ACO organization in which most of our physicians are members of. 

We are committed to serving our patients needs at this time and will continue to see sick visits. In order to better serve you, we are taking necessary precautions to limit the spread and exposure of illnesses. We ask if you are coming to our clinic for a sick visit to please call first. We are encouraging everybody to call first and see whether the patient can be triaged or seen by telemedicine.  A lot of our local physicians can do office visits while you are at home, through your smartphone or tablet. 

If you or a loved one has traveled to or been in contact with someone who has traveled to China, Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Houston (Harris County), California, New York, Washington State, Louisiana, Georgia, or Florida and are exhibiting symptoms of fever (greater than 100F), cough, and shortness of breath, please go to the nearest health department to be screened for COVID-19. DO NOT come to the office. 

Prevention is key to limiting the spread of COVID-19. Here are recommendations to keep you and your loved ones safe:

  1. Be vigilant in washing your hands with soap for 20 seconds (sing happy birthday twice to ensure proper length of time).

  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. 

  3. Disinfect frequently touched objects with disinfectant sprays and wipes.

  4. Cover any coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow and immediately hand sanitize with alcohol-based sanitizer or wash hands with soap.

  5. Limit your exposure to anyone sick or showing respiratory symptoms, especially infants, those who are immunocompromised, immunosuppressed, and the elderly. 

  6. Practice SOCIAL DISTANCING. Social distancing is intentionally staying away from public or crowded areas where large groups may convene, like restaurants, movie theaters, bars, concerts, etc.

  7. If you or your child are sick, stay home. 

  8. Limit unnecessary traveling outside the house.

  9. Take this opportunity to help your elderly neighbors and family members as they are more vulnerable to serious illness. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. What is COVID-19?
    COVID-19 is a type of viral infection that is a new type of coronavirus that has not been previously identified. 

 

  1. What are the common symptoms of COVID-19?
    COVID-19 is characterized by symptoms of fever more than 100.4, dry cough, shortness of breath, fatigue and body ache. 

 

  1. How does COVID-19 spread?
    COVID-19 is spread from person to person from infected individuals through small respiratory droplets. It can be spread from an infected individual through coughing or sneezing.

     

  2. What do I do if I suspect I may have been exposed to COVID-19?

Call the COVID-19 Catalyst 24-hour hotline (214) 964-0319 to be assessed. 

 

  1. What do I do if I suspect a family member may have contracted COVID-19?

DO NOT come into the doctor’s office. Go to the nearest health department or call 1-866-310-9698 for testing. The health department will give you further directions. If you or a family member cannot get to the nearest health department, self-quarantine the individual for 14 days.
 

  1. Can someone who has been quarantined for COVID-19 spread the illness to others?

A person who has been released from COVID-19 quarantine is not considered a risk for spreading the virus to others.
 

  1. What is the best way to protect myself and my family?
    The best way to protect you and your family is by washing your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds and to avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. If you don’t have access to wash your hands, use alcohol-based sanitizer. Practice social distancing.

     

  2. Do you recommend the use of a facemask to prevent COVID-19?

The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves. Face Masks should be reserved for those exhibiting symptoms, for those who are currently infected, and for medical personnel that need personal protective equipment to protect themselves while caring for those infected with COVID-19. 

 

For all doctors’ office visits, we encourage you to call first. We are discouraging walk-ins at this time in order to prevent unnecessary exposure. For further information, please visit:

The Light and Champion

137 San Augustine St.
Center TX 75935
936-598-3377