In the latest installment of our series of Local People, Local Stories, Local Impact, we asked Dr. Amber Hairford, Family Physician and Associate Lead Clinician of Mountainview Medical/Pilot Mountain Medical Care, about the impact of COVID-19 she is experiencing.
- What are you and/or your agency doing here in Stokes County to address COVID-19?
- Why is it important that our community take these measures?
- What is something positive you have seen in midst of chaos of COVID-19 as we navigate this together?
“As a cornerstone of health in Stokes County, Novant Health Mountainview Medical has taken several steps to address COVID-19. We have canceled all “well patient” visits such as physicals and well child checks for now. We are also in contact with our routine scheduled visits to see if it is necessary for them to come in. We have opened up several virtual options for healthcare such as video visits, E-visits and telephonic visits and patients are strongly encouraged to use these options if possible.
if a patient calls with respiratory concerns, we are directing them to the Mountainvew Medical Extended Care clinic at 167 Moore Road in King.
We have a dedicated respiratory illness screening center here to keep sick patients in a centralized area.
The spread of the virus can happen in asymptomatic patients which has the potential to cause an exponential spread of the disease, as we have seen in the NC reported cases lately. It is important to stay home as much as possible and wash your hands to reduce transmission of illness.
Through all of this, those of us in the healthcare field have felt an overwhelming amount of concern from those around us. Our jobs expect us to be on the front lines of this pandemic, and that is where we choose to be. Whether it be helping with childcare, school assignments, prayer or just offering a happy text during the day, it is such an encouragement to feel the love and support from our community. I expect this will continue as the illness becomes more prevalent, and it is more appreciated than I could ever express.”
Amber Hairford, MD Family Physician and Associate Lead Clinician of Mountainview Medical/Pilot Mountain Medical Care