Latest Update 3/31/20 - AAIR Important Update COVID-19

Dear Patients of Allergy Asthma & Immunology of the Rockies, P.C.

Due to the global pandemic with coronavirus (COVID-19), there have been significant changes to our operations. Please understand that these changes are to protect you, our patients, our staff, and to help deter the spread of coronavirus in our community. We understand this is a large inconvenience and disruption. We are reassessing the situation on a week by week basis.

In an attempt to deter the spread of the virus and hence save lives, for now, we will be transitioning to the following schedule:

-For routine follow ups, and new patient evaluations, we will be utilizing telehealth which is an incredible tool to offer health care in a whole new way. Patients thus far have been very positive about this experience. We can initiate treatment programs to help you with your allergies and asthma and allergic conditions as we anticipate testing to be completed in the next few months.

UPDATE FOR IMMUNOTHERAPY:

For the week of March 30th thru April 3rd:

As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, we are going to implement resumption of immunotherapy with measures to stagger visits with practicing social distancing. It is imperative that you comply with these regulations to allow you to safely receive your injections and stop the spread of the coronavirus.  We will only be seeing patients that are well and not suffering from acute illness on days that immunotherapy is being administered in another effort to help prevent exposures.

The Avon office will be open for immunotherapy on Tuesday and Thursdays. Temporarily, patients receiving shots from Eagle will have their serum transferred to Avon.

The Glenwood Springs office will be open for immunotherapy on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The Willits office will be open for immunotherapy on Thursdays. Any patients receiving their shots in Aspen will have their serum transferred to Willits temporarily.

In an attempt to practice social distancing and for your safety, patients whose last name begins with A through J will come in the morning and patients with the last name that begins with K through Z will come in the afternoon. A temporary transition to spread out your injections to monthly will be implemented. For patient safety please be aware that our staff will screen patients for temperature and any active symptoms of infection upon entering the office. Please do not come in for your injection if you are having fevers, shortness of breath, cough, malaise, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

If you are an adult shot patient please do not bring any other family members when you come into the office. If your child receives allergy shots please have only one accompanying adult.

If you typically perform a peak flow before receiving your injection, please perform a peak flow yourself before coming into the office. Inform our staff member that is administering allergy shots your peak flow number for the day.

These recommendations are in compliance with the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology regarding the pandemic response.
Please contact our office to provide an updated cell phone or email address if you have not been receiving notifications.

-For patients receiving biologic medications such as Xolair, Nucala, Fasenra etc., please contact our office for additional instructions.

-Should you have an acute illness or worsening asthma or allergy symptoms, please contact our office and we will determine the best route to take care of you. We will be seeing patients in our offices in Glenwood Springs and Avon to assist in your acute health care needs.

If you do schedule an appointment to be seen in our office and have a cough fever or upper respiratory tract illness, please wear a mask prior to entering the office.

If you have additional questions about coronavirus or the COVID-19 pandemic, please contact the hotline at 970-945-1377 ext. 2020.

Ultimately, we will get through this together as a community. We sincerely appreciate your understanding during these difficult times.

Sincerely,
Robert McDermott, MD
Regan Pyle, DO
Laura Bond, PA-C
Employees & Staff of the AAIR Team

Allergy Asthma & Immunology of the Rockies, P.C.

Author
Robert McDermott, MD Robert McDermott, MD Robert McDermott, MD, is a board-certified allergist and immunologist at the helm of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology of the Rockies, P.C., with locations in Avon, Basalt, Eagle, Aspen, Frisco, and Glenwood Springs, Colorado. He launched the practice in 2008 to serve allergy, asthma, and immunology patients around Colorado.

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