Important COVID-19 Updates

UPDATED: TUESDAY, 4/7/2020

SCHEDULE CHANGES IN THE OFFICE:

At the present time, Dr. Kaufman will ONLY be available in the office on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. This is in part due to our goal of reducing the number of personnel in the office each day, and to create an office setting of greatest safety for our patients and staff. We hope to get back to our normal full time schedule as soon as possible. 

If your upcoming visit is already scheduled on a Thursday or Friday, your visit will be rescheduled to accommodate Dr. Kaufman’s limited schedule. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

We are still happy to see patients in the office for new patient visits, follow up visits and allergy testing, though all in-person visits will be scheduled between the hours of 7am to 12pm.

We are also happy to offer our patients telemedicine visits through our Healow app. In order to prepare yourself for your visit, install the app following this Quick Start Installation Guide. Our location code is GGGGBA.


ALLERGY SHOT VISITS

Due to the dynamic and frequently changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are addressing the schedule for allergy shot patients on a weekly basis. Please check here for updates each week. 

Allergy Shot availability beginning Monday, May 4th:

Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 7am – 2pm  
Tuesday & Thursday: 12pm – 2pm

Your shot interval may remain the same as your what is normally recommended for you, but also may be extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic if desired.

For patients in the Build Up phase, the interval between shots may remain as often as every 3-7 days, but may be temporarily extended up to 14 days to continue to advance according to your schedule. After 21 days, dosing will be adjusted for time missed.

For patients in the Maintenance phase, the interval between shots may remain every 7-14 days (first 6 months after the treatment dose has been reached) or every 2-4 weeks (after the first 6 months of maintenance), but may be temporarily extended as long as 6 weeks after the last shot. After 6 weeks, dosing will be adjusted for time missed. 


MESSAGES AND REFILL REQUESTS

Due to a significant increase in call and message volume, Dr. Kaufman will respond to messages as quickly as possible, though please keep in mind that she is only available in the office on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. If you are not yet web enabled through our patient portal, please register so that you may be reachable by secure email through our portal. This is MUCH faster and easier for us to reach you in a timely manner. We appreciate your patience and flexibility.  


COVID-19 INFORMATION 

On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic. The number of cases in Virginia is updated daily on the VDH COVID-19 website

On March 30, 2020, Governor Northam signed the most updated Executive Order 55 for Virginians to Stay At Home. Social distancing is the most important factor we can control in the COVID-19 outbreak, and the best way to keep you and your family safe. 

There is growing evidence of asymptomatic and presymptomatic spread. The CDC recently changed the start of the infectious period to 48 hours prior to symptom onset. 

Please follow the CDC recommendations to wear a cloth face covering when leaving your home for essential needs (ie. grocery store, pharmacy), when social distancing is difficult to maintain. If you don’t have a cloth mask, watch this video of the Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams, who demonstrates how to make a simple face covering.   


SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever (temperature > 100.4 F or 38 C)
  • Chills with or without shaking
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore Throat
  • New loss of sense of smell or taste

  • If you are sick, even with mild signs of illness (fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, headaches, fatigue, body or muscle aches, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea), stay home and separate yourself to prevent spreading illness to others.

If you have confirmed or suspected coronavirus disease (COVID-19), follow this guidance from VDH. If you have symptoms, and are at higher risk for severe illness, call the office to set up a Telemedicine visit with Dr. Kaufman (Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays). Otherwise, please reach out to your primary care provider. 


PREVENTION TIPS

Stay at home.
Practice social distancing.
Wash your hands frequently to limit the spread of germs. 
Avoid touching your face.
Know the signs and symptoms.
Avoid contact with others who are sick. 
Clean and disinfect touched surfaces.
Prepare your household and family. 

For more information about prevention, please visit this link from the Virginia Department of Health. 





As experts in Allergy and Clinical Immunology, our goal is to create the most comprehensive diagnostic and treatment center available to our patients.  We are located in Alexandria, Virginia and remain dedicated to maintaining a comfortable, professional atmosphere as we continuously grow and remain on the cutting edge of medicine.  Dr. Kaufman is Board Certified in Allergy and Immunology, and has extensive training and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of the full spectrum of allergies, asthma and primary immunodeficiency disorders.  Our practice is equipped with the most advanced diagnostic technologies and the latest treatment methods. You can learn more about the services offered by exploring this site.


At the Beauregard Allergy + Immunology Center, we are dedicated to provide compassionate and comprehensive medical care based on the highest standards in diagnostic testing and on the latest practice parameters. We strive to see all patients promptly at their scheduled appointment times, provide explanations of disease processes, diagnostic testing and customized treatment plans to ensure adequate understanding, and answer all questions to optimize patient satisfaction.