COVID-19 (Coronavirus) information

on March 12, 2020

We at Blue River Family Medicine are committed to providing our patients with the highest quality care. We are working with local hospitals, health departments, and the KDHE to keep up to date with the latest on Coronavirus or COVID-19. We understand that many of you may have questions or concerns regarding prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of COVID-19 and what we at BRFM are doing.

First what we know: COVID-19 is a respiratory illness first diagnosed in Wuhan, China. Cases have been identified in multiple countries, including the United States.  Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that can cause illness in both people and animals, depending on the virus. Symptoms include FEVER and lower respiratory illness (cough, difficulty breathing). The symptoms can vary from mild to severe and can in some cases include sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. COVID-19 is spread similarly to influenza by droplet and or direct/close contact with an infected individual.

If you are experiencing these symptoms, please stay home except to get medical care. We ask that you call and visit with staff regarding your symptoms and travel history or exposure. We will provide guidance to your care by phone. If experiencing these symptoms after hours, please call 785-587-0570 and speak to our provider on-call.

If you are referred to the Emergency Room, do NOT go into the ER through the waiting room, but rather call ahead as they will follow isolation precautions to contain the spread of the virus.

We are encouraging prevention including washing your hands with soap and water frequently, use of hand sanitizers, cleaning frequently touched surfaces daily, covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and avoiding touching your face.

There is no specific treatment for COVID-19. If you do contract the virus, symptom management including pain relievers such as Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen, rest, and fluids are important.

Due to the highly contagious nature of coronavirus, we ask anyone with symptoms to stay home and avoid public gatherings. This will help protect those most vulnerable in our communities and keep us safe and well.