Rising COVID-19 infection rates across much of the United States are resulting in frequent changes to health guidances and requirements. As such, it is important for your health and the health of those around you to stay updated on the changes in the places where you live, work, and visit:
National updates regarding COVID-19 are available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Office Policies & Procedures
At Foxhall Internists we continue to offer video, phone, and email consultations with our patients when appropriate during the coronavirus outbreak. Each of our doctors has their own policy on how they are managing this. If you require assistance with any acute or chronic medical issue, please start by contacting your primary doctor’s assistant, and they will then advise you on what should be done next.We remain open to see patients who need an in-person evaluation and/or lab testing, at the discretion of their doctors. We have taken steps to reduce the chance of COVID-19 transmission in our office, and we have stopped seeing patients with respiratory infection symptoms since about the time the first cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in our area.
We ask that if you have any symptoms which are potentially due to a COVID-19 infection, you inform your doctor’s assistant before you come in. A complete list of these symptoms is available on the CDC website here: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/
All patients are expected to wear a mask or other protective face covering at all times during their time in the office. In the interest of limiting the number of people in our office, we kindly ask that you do not have anyone accompany you to your appointment, unless their assistance is required.
During the pandemic we also are only offering lab and vaccination services on a scheduled basis, so that we can minimize the number of patients in our waiting areas at any time. We will continue to be here to help manage your medical care, and we appreciate your support as we try to maintain as safe an office environment as possible.
We continue to follow the same policy as other outpatient medical practices in the area, including the Johns Hopkins ambulatory clinics, and we are not doing nasopharyngeal COVID-19 testing in our office for patients with acute symptoms of COVID-19. We continue to utilize testing sites run by local hospital systems and public health agencies in the area.
We are offering COVID-19 IgG antibody testing to our patients who think they may have had a COVID-19 infection at least 3 weeks ago. The antibody test may indicate that you have previously had a COVID-19 infection, but it cannot be used to diagnose a current infection, and at this time this test cannot confirm that you are immune to COVID-19. We are currently not offering antibody testing to individuals who have not previously had symptoms which were potentially due to COVID-19. Please click here for further information on this test, and contact your doctor if you are interested in having this test done. We are required by the DC Health Department to submit all of the information on this form with all COVID-19 tests we collect in our lab.
We are using the antibody test developed by Abbott Labs, and this is run on a commercial lab machine. Due to reliability questions regarding the use of antibody “test kits”, we do not recommend that these types of tests be used to guide individual decision making on COVID-19 issues.
We will continue to provide updated information as the situation evolves. As always, if you are not feeling well, and especially if you have recurring fevers or trouble breathing, please call your doctor, and call 911 in case of an emergency.