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Information about the Coronavirus

Griffin Health is committed to your care and safety. Please call your doctor or provider before your visit. General COVID-19 information is available here. Vaccination information is available here.

Schedule your COVID-19 test at 203-437-6815.


Stay Safe, Stay Healthy

COVID-19 Vaccination

COVID-19 Vaccination

For the latest information on COVID-19 vaccination (scheduling, community sites, eligibility, etc.) through Griffin Health, please visit griffinhealth.org/vaccinations.

COVID-19 Testing

Avoid the lines! Come to Griffin for your COVID-19 test. Call 203-437-6815.

Griffin Health has been approved by the Connecticut Department of Public Health to provide a drive-up collection facility for COVID-19 testing on the Griffin Hospital campus, 130 Division Street, Derby. The cost of a COVID-19 test for a self-pay patient is $130.

 

PLEASE NOTE - The Griffin Hospital COVID-19 Testing Site will be closed on Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

 

Our appointment-only site at Griffin Hospital gives you minimal on-site waiting - and receive your COVID-19 test results within 24-48 hours!

For locations, scheduling, and hours please griffinhealth.org/testing.

 

 

We're here for you

 

In the best of times and in the most challenging times, we are here to help you stay safe and stay healthy.

Urgent medical care needs don’t stop for COVID-19, and your health is too important to postpone necessary care. That’s why we have taken extra precautions to ensure your safety so you can receive the care you need from our health experts.

 

Plan to Visit Griffin Hospital?

If you are planning to visit a loved one who is an inpatient at Griffin Hospital, please review our updated Visitation Guidelines at griffinhealth.org/griffin-hospital/patient-visitor-information.

 

Stay safe - with video or in-person visits

 

While some patients have chosen to receive their care through video visits (also called virtual visits), more of our patients are returning to our offices because in many cases, it’s the best way to get the care they need.

We want you to get the best care possible and feel confident that you will be safe when using our services. Griffin Health has implemented infection control procedures across all facilities. When you come to our offices, you’ll notice we’re doing things differently, more specifically:

  1. Pre-screening patients before coming to a facility. All patients are pre-screened by phone before scheduling a visit at our physician offices or any of our outpatient facilities.
  2. Designated COVID-19 care centers. Patients that have been found to exhibit COVID-19 symptoms will only be seen in designated care centers.
  3. Modified visitation and entry policy at Griffin Hospital. Griffin Hospital has implemented a modified visitation and entry policy. View our updated visitation guidelines at griffinhealth.org/patient-visitor-information.
  4. All appointments require a COVID-19 screening. All patients and visitors will be screened prior to entry. The screening process includes information about symptoms of respiratory illness, and a touch-free thermometer scan to determine body temperature.
  5. Medical providers and staff are checked daily. All medical providers and staff members are evaluated for any COVID-19 symptoms and have their temperatures taken daily.
  6. Rapid in-house COVID-19 testing capability. Griffin Hospital can produce COVID-19 test results in 45 minutes using its in-house Cepheid analyzer, minimizing the time to make a COVID-19 diagnosis and ensure the proper precautions are put in place, including patient isolation.
  7. Masks are mandatory. Masks are worn by all patients, visitors, medical providers, and staff members at all times.
  8. Physical distancing is observed. Patients are carefully scheduled to minimize time in the waiting room and other common areas. Seats in common areas are spaced at least six feet apart.
  9. Enhanced cleaning. Throughout the day and in between each visit, exam rooms and other key areas are rigorously disinfected. Additionally, every physician office and outpatient facility is professionally cleaned each night.
  10. Additional protective measures. Medical providers and staff members consistently follow stringent hand-hygiene protocols before and after every patient encounter. Personal protective equipment is used for any patients on contact or airborne precautions.

 

Stay healthy - don't delay care

 

If it’s time for your annual check-up, for preventive tests like mammograms and colonoscopies, or for diagnostic procedures like a cardiac stress test, your health is too important to postpone necessary care.

Delaying care can lead to complications and advanced stages of disease. Waiting can make medical issues worse and result in long-term damage that could have been avoided. If you suffer from a chronic disease such as diabetes, hypertension, or asthma, it is essential for you to maintain your regular care and continue taking your medication.

 

Emergencies don't stop for COVID-19

 

You may think it’s risky to seek medical care with COVID-19 in the community, but waiting too long to get help for medical issues or life-threatening conditions can be far more dangerous than COVID-19.

If you experience symptoms or a change in your health, please contact us even if you don’t think your symptoms are urgent. We are here to help and can discuss the best way to get the care you need.

If you are experiencing other more serious symptoms, like difficulty breathing or pain in the chest or abdomen, call 911 immediately. Just as our office has taken steps to ensure your safety, Griffin Hospital has done the same and is ready to take care of anyone needing emergency and urgent care.

 

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Information about COVID-19

Griffin Health has been following the developing risk posed by coronavirus (COVID-19) closely.

We are constantly monitoring the spread of the virus, and continue to closely follow new guidelines or recommendations issued by the CDC as the public health community learns more about how COVID-19 is contracted, spread, and most effectively treated.

Information on the COVID-19 situation is evolving rapidly. For the latest updates, visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

Griffin Health offers the following information to help keep our community aware of potential spread of the virus in our community and learn ways to reduce possible exposure:


Background

The coronavirus COVID-19 was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The virus has been detected in over 50 countries internationally, including the United States.

Coronaviruses are a family of (+) RNA viruses that can cause respiratory illness in humans. They get their name, “corona,” from the many crown-like spikes on the surface of the virus. They are common in many different species of animals (camels, cattle, cats, and bats). Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with SARS-CoV, MERS-CoV and now COVID-19.

COVID-19 is primarily spread through respiratory droplets. Generally, individuals within six feet of someone who is contagious and come into contact with these droplets will be infected. A person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Symptoms of COVID-19 appear within two to 14 days after exposure and include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing (shortness of breath)

In the large majority of those infected, COVID-19 causes only mild cold symptoms. Severe cases can lead to pneumonia, difficulty breathing and death. According to data from China, the elderly (70+), and those with pre-existing medical conditions appear to be more vulnerable to the virus.

If you suspect you may have COVID-19, call your healthcare provider to discuss your symptoms and recent travel. Your physician will instruct you how to proceed with any care you need.

If your symptoms worsen, including difficulty breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse or bluish lips or face, call 9-1-1 or go to a nearby emergency department for evaluation.


How You Can Be Prepared

As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 increases in Connecticut, we strongly encourage individuals to practice proven methods to protect themselves from exposure to respiratory viruses.

The most important you can do to protect yourself from respiratory viruses is to practice good hand hygiene. You should wash your hands often, especially when visiting a public place like your workplace, a store, or a school. Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. Additionally, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

In addition to protecting themselves, individuals have a responsibility to help prevent the spread of a respiratory virus. You should avoid close contact with people who are sick, and stay home if you are sick. Always cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw the tissue in the trash, then wash your hands. At your home and work, clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

The symptoms for COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Anyone who is experiencing these symptoms and has travelled to area where there have been confirmed cases of COVID-19, or have come in close contact with a person who is being evaluated for the virus, should contact their healthcare provider immediately for instruction on what you should do.

If you have flu-like symptoms, you should stay home and help relieve symptoms by getting rest, staying hydrated and taking steps to control your fever.

If you are unclear or concerned about your symptoms, you should contact your healthcare provider. Your physician will instruct you how to proceed with any care you need.

For severe symptoms, including difficulty breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse or bluish lips or face, call 911 or go to a nearby emergency department for evaluation.

For more information on COVID-19, visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

These steps are based upon the most up-to-date recommendations developed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Connecticut Department of Public Health for identifying, isolating, and treating airborne viruses like influenza.


COVID-19 Radio Updates and Podcast

Griffin Health Chief Medical Officer and Infectious Diseases Physician Dr. Frederick Browne has been providing information on COVID-19, its symptoms, who’s at risk, how the virus is transmitted, and how you can help prevent your exposure to the virus and contain its spread as well as developments with vaccination, testing and virus variants. Dr. Browne appears live every Thursday morning at 8:38 on WICC 600 AM and 107.3 FM, or listen to the podcast here: Dr. Browne WICC Podcast