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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS

In light of the recent Coronavirus cases in Rhode Island, we want to assure you that Medical Associates of RI, Inc. is here to care for you. Patients who have NOT had recent contact with someone who has tested positive for the Coronavirus, have NOT recently traveled internationally to China, Iran, Italy, South Korea or Japan, or do NOT have symptoms including fever greater than 100.4, cough or shortness of breath should keep their scheduled appointments at their primary care provider’s office.  Our offices are open and able to provide care for all of your needs.    

With guidance from the Rhode Island Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control, we are taking steps to make sure our offices remain a safe place for every patient and to reduce your risk of being exposed to Coronavirus.

If you need a same day sick visit, call your primary care provider’s office first; please do not walk into a Medical Associates of RI, Inc. office OR our walk-in facility at our Bristol location without calling first. All patients who need a sick appointment will be asked:

  • Have you had close contact with someone who has tested positive for Coronavirus?
  • Have you recently traveled internationally to China, Iran, Italy, South Korea or Japan?
  • Do you have symptoms including fever (greater than 100.4), cough or shortness of breath?
Patients with a low suspicion of Coronavirus exposure will be booked for a same-day sick appointment at our office or walk-in. We ask that all sick patients wear a face mask and use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer upon entering our offices.   

Patients with a high suspicion of Coronavirus exposure will be asked to remain at home while Medical Associates of RI, Inc. coordinates care with the RI Department of Health.

If you have questions about the Coronavirus, please visit the Centers for Disease Control website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

There are important things that you can do to prevent the spread of viruses.

The Department of Health recommends:
  • Get your flu shot, and make sure the people around you do the same.
  • Wash your hands often throughout the day. Use warm water and soap. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand gel.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow. Flu and coronavirus are spread through coughing or sneezing on other people or into your hands. Cover your coughs and sneezes to prevent others from getting sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious foods.
  • Keep surfaces (especially bedside tables, surfaces in the bathroom, and toys for children) clean by wiping them down with a household disinfectant.
  • Stay home if you are ill.  Don't return to work until you have not had a fever without taking medications for at least 24 hours.
  • Face masks are needed for people who are coughing or sick. You do not need to wear a face mask to prevent yourself from getting an infection
Thank you for trusting us with your healthcare.

Sincerely,
Medical Associates of RI, Inc.