DOHMH Advisory # 17 - Advise Pts When to Seek Essential Care and Plan to Expand In-Person Services
May 29, 2020
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) has issued a health advisory asking health care providers to plan for increased health care access, while maintaining vigilance in physical distancing and other precautions. Providers should continue to use telephone, telehealth, and electronic communications as much as is feasible and limit in-person visits to essential medical services that cannot be provided remotely. Providers can help patients weigh the benefits of seeking in-person medical care against the potential risks of leaving home. This is especially important for patients who have urgent medical needs but are reluctant to seek care due to fear of COVID-19.
Urge patients with severe symptoms due to any health condition to seek medical care promptly.
Prioritize essential medical care, patients at higher risk for poor health outcomes, and patients who cannot access telemedicine when re-opening or expanding current in-person clinical services.
Encourage patients who are not at increased risk of complications from COVID-19 to donate blood.
Please refer to Health Advisory #17 for additional information.