Appointments and Rescheduling
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), our multidisciplinary Thomas Center clinics and non-urgent in-person visits are suspended until further notice.
This decision coincides with national and state recommendations to limit patient exposure to medical settings for non-essential matters.
If your loved one has an appointment in the next several weeks, a scheduling representative or the nurse coordinator will contact you about your visit.
Although most of us are working remotely, we are available to answer your questions or concerns through voice or video visits (telemedicine). For more information, call 513-636-4611. You can also contact us via MyChart. For help from our nurse coordinator, Cassie Wolf, call 513-803-4435.
Risks to Patients with Down Syndrome
As far as experts know, individuals with Down syndrome get infected with the virus at the same rate. However many people with Down syndrome are at higher risk for serious illness from coronavirus for a number of reasons. These include immune deficiency related to Down syndrome and higher frequency of co-occurring conditions such as advanced age, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, lung disease, and/or respiratory difficulties associated with higher risk for serious illness from coronavirus.
Showing Symptoms of Coronavirus
Careful discussion with your physicians about each individual case is the best advice that we can give. Contact your primary care provider if you or your loved one has symptoms of coronavirus or has been exposed to someone known to have it. Be sure to call ahead before going to any doctor’s offices. Be on the lookout for breathing problems and have a thermometer so you can check your loved one’s temperature.
As always, if you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, call 911. Shortness of breath is an emergency situation. You need to call 911 to get help. Let the responder know that you are concerned about coronavirus so appropriate precautions can be taken when the EMS arrives.
Avoid Non-Essential Activity
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people at higher risk for serious illness from coronavirus maintain distance from others, avoid crowds as much as possible, and stay home as much as possible during the coronavirus outbreak.
You and your loved one should stay home except for essential activities such as getting food, medications and healthcare visits. Try to limit the number of trips out of the home per week, such as grocery shopping, to once weekly. Maintain the most current recommendations from the CDC and your local health department.