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Center Update on COVID-19

Center Update on COVID-19

The Center is open and operating under a normal schedule. If you have a scheduled appointment, plan to keep it unless you have had close contact with someone known or suspected to have COVID-19 (coronavirus) or you have ANY of the following symptoms: a fever, new cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, uncontrollable runny nose (in the absence of allergies), new onset diarrhea, loss of taste or smell, muscle aches, or if a physician has recommended that you get tested for COVID-19. Contact the Center prior to your appointment if you are experiencing any of the listed symptoms.

The Center is taking additional precautions in order to ensure our staff and patients remain healthy during this time. The front entrance has been converted into a controlled entrance complete with a nurse screening station. These steps help to ensure we’re protecting our staff and our patients.

As an additional measure to lessen the risk for patients and staff, patients are permitted to be accompanied by no more than one (1) family member or care giver in good health to their appointments. Visitors under the age of 12 years of age are not permitted unless they are the patient. 

Practice good hand hygiene while moving thorough the Center. You will be asked to sanitize or wash your hands when entering and exiting treatment rooms and exam rooms.

We also encourage you to practice good social distancing! Ideally, maintain 6-feet of distance between you, your care staff, and other patients.

For more information, visit the University of Washington Medicine's COVID-19 information page: https://www.uwmedicine.org/coronavirus

Resources

The CDC has a great resource page on dealing with the stress and emotions of this pandemic. Here are the highlights:

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy, such as reading, cooking, yoga (at home), or walking the neighborhood.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

This article from AARP also has some fun ways to keep in touch with others and lift your spirits, including having a virtual book club!

Finally, this Refinery29 article has resources on coping with anxiety, split out into categories such as financial worries and isolation.

Bringing Our Meetings to You!

We are also working on hosting our support groups through an application called Zoom. This would allow you to "virtually" join our Breakfast Buddies and Prostate Dinner Club in the coming months. The support groups would be led by Cancer Lifeline. Please keep an eye out for more information.

Thank you for your help in preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.