Update (Aug. 9, 2021) — In accordance with CDC and VDH guidance for healthcare facilities, we continue to screen patients (and our staff) for symptoms of COVID-19 and require a mask to be worn inside our building. The mask requirement applies to both unvaccinated and vaccinated people.
Additional mitigation protocols, such as social distancing in our waiting area and supplemental air filtration throughout the building, are still in place for the protection of our patients and staff.
Original post (July 1, 2021) — Virginia’s coronavirus state of emergency expired yesterday, so we can finally ditch the masks, right? Not exactly. CDC guidelines still require masks at healthcare facilities and in other settings, such as public transportation, for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.
We see dozens of patients every day, so we know firsthand how confused people are regarding COVID restrictions. Our advice is to continue carrying a mask with you, just in case. Here at Blue Ridge, we’ll be happy to provide you a mask if you forget. In other situations, however, a complimentary mask may not be available and you could be turned away.
When you come in for your appointment, in addition to wearing a mask, please expect to be screened for symptoms and keep your distance from others.
While you’re here, you’ll notice we continue to keep up our end of the deal with a modified check-in process (to keep as few people in the waiting room as possible), staff screenings, supplemental air filtration units, and augmented disinfection practices.