Dear Friends and Patients of NeighborHealth Center,
As the coronavirus (also called COVID-19) pandemic spreads throughout the United States, we want to provide each of you an update on the efforts NeighborHealth is taking to care for our patients while also protecting our staff, students, and volunteers.
To date, none of our patients or staff have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and refugees and others entering the state are not arriving from places in the world where the virus is known to be present. Still, we know that some people are struggling with fear and uncertainty so we are working hard to address these fears. We are working with our staff, volunteers, and community health workers to distribute accurate and culturally appropriate information to help encourage and guide the patient populations we serve.
Every day we monitor updates from the Centers for Disease Control, North Carolina Department of Health, and World Health Organization, and we are carefully following the protocols they have set forth to prevent and address COVID-19. Our nurses, medical assistants, and providers are constantly practicing these protocols and are ready to educate patients on how to prevent COVID-19 or to explain what to do if someone is experiencing symptoms or fearful of having been exposed to the virus. For information about what to do if you are sick, and actions you can take to prevent illness, click here.
As each of us continues to learn more about controlling COVID-19, we encourage you to join us, both in prayer and by following the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations. We find comfort in the fact that we serve a sovereign and loving God, and we also recognize that a practical way to love our neighbors is to work together to follow public health guidelines.
May we all be encouraged by God’s grace and mercy during this time of trial. Thank you for your ongoing partnership as we work to serve those who have been entrusted to our care.
Douglas G. Briggs, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer of NeighborHealth Center