Here are some words of wisdom from our amazing Medical Director, Dr. Lawrence Goldyn. He sent this to our staff yesterday and we wanted to share it with you.
My dear co-workers:
This is not my first epidemic. I applied to medical school because of the effect of AIDS on my community, where it cut a swath through overlapping friends, patients, loved ones, and colleagues. My role as an HIV provider has been one of the great privileges of my life. Here are some of the things I have learned.
People are scared. It brings out the best and the worst in them. We will see both the good and the bad in expected, and sometimes unexpected places. We will see selfish hoarding, stigmatizing and abandonment of the ill. We will see old hurts and grudges played out. We will also witness breathtaking selflessness and kindness.
Embrace your fear. Do not let it overwhelm you. Talk to your family, colleagues, and friends about your fears, but pay attention to your audience. If you seem afraid to those who look to you for guidance you might scare them even more. If you feel overwhelmed, look for professional help without embarrassment.
Seek out distraction and entertainment. Avoid the news for a while. You’ll catch up with it.
Find solace at whatever altar comforts you. This might include a traditional house of worship, the woods, or the seashore. It might be a quiet place in your home or your garden.
Be thankful. You have a job. It is not just a source of income, which so many people are losing. It is also a place where you can concentrate on vital tasks and escape from some of the stressors at home.
Stand up for science. Science is the antidote to the ignorance that promotes fear. Science will bring us back to some kind of normalcy. I saw great scientists mocked and harassed during the early days of the HIV epidemic. They stuck to their principles. Ultimately they saved millions of lives. They rank among my heroes.
Be proud of what you are doing. Embrace your heroism, but do it with humility. This capacity to do monumental work fell into our laps. Some people spend a lifetime looking for something to participate in that is bigger than themselves.
What we do here is beyond important. We are not caring for patients in Intensive Care Units, but we are saving lives. If you doubt how heroic your work is, go online and search for “applause for health care workers.”
We have all been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic one way or another. Here are some resources to help you in this difficult time.
General Coronavirus questions
Mendocino Coast Clinics has a Coronavirus Information page for these resources and more:
Public health hotline: 8 am to 8pm, 7 days a week (707) 234-6052
Food & Financial:
Cal Fresh (food stamps) food assistance for patients who have lost a job or had a reduction in hours www.Getcalfresh.org
Pandemic EBT for Kids: This is not linked to CalFresh eligibility. School aged children who qualify for free or reduced price school meals. No application necessary. If you don’t receive a card an online application will be made available soon. No Social Security Number is necessary.
The local school districts are delivering meals and/or have pick up locations. These are subject to change, so please check your school’s website before heading over there.
https://sites.google.com/fbusd.us/district/covid-19-updates for Fort Bragg- Harbor RV, Woodside, Wildwood, Glass Beach Apartments, Ocean Estates are drop off points. See Facebook or the website for the times. Call 961-3521 or email email@example.com to let the school know how many children you will pick up for. You can also pick up meals at Redwood and Dana Gray for any child under 18 Tuesdays between 11:00-1:00. Five days’ worth of meals are provided at each pick up.
Pharmacies are doing free deliveries and parking lot pick-ups:
– Rite Aid drive through window hours: 8am-8pm and 9-6 on Saturdays, 10-6 on Sundays. No delivery options at this time.
– CVS drive through window hours: 9-7 weekdays 10-5 on weekends. They do have deliveries and they are done though USPS and a credit card needs to be on file. They cannot send to a PO box.
– MCP is doing parking lot pick up, call the pharmacy when in the parking lot, and they are doing free delivery.
– MVP is doing delivery within a mile of highway 1 to Cleone and to Sea Ranch. They are doing parking lot pick up. Credit card on file so that it is prepaid for both services.
– Safeway is going to be doing delivery, but there may be up to $15 charge. Call 707-964-4079. Deliveries are done not over the phone but through their website: https://delivery.safeway.com/
Crisis/Mental Health Support:
• County Warm Line- 707-472-2311 County of Mendocino has a line for anyone feeling anxious or isolated or who has questions. This is a non-crisis support line
• Crisis (behavioral health) support line- 1-855-838-0404 or text TALK to 741741
• Public health hotline: 8-8 7 days a week (707) 234-6052
Todos hemos sido afectados por la pandemia COVID-19 de una forma u otra. Aquí hay algunos recursos para ayudarlo en este momento difícil.
Preguntas generales sobre el coronavirus:
Mendocino Coast Clinics tiene una página de información sobre coronavirus para estos recursos y más:
Línea directa de salud pública: de 8 a.m. a 8 p.m., los 7 días de la semana (707) 234-6052
Alimentos y Finanzas:
Asistencia alimentaria de Cal Fresh (cupones de alimentos) para pacientes que han perdido un trabajo o tuvieron una reducción de horas www.Getcalfresh.org
EBT para niños pandémicos: esto no está relacionado con la elegibilidad de CalFresh. Niños en edad escolar que califican para comidas escolares gratuitas o de precio reducido. No se requiere aplicación. Si no recibe una tarjeta, pronto estará disponible una solicitud en línea. No es necesario un número de seguro social.
Los distritos escolares locales están entregando comidas y / o tienen lugares de recogida. Estos están sujetos a cambios, así que por favor revise el sitio web de su escuela antes de dirigirse allí.
https://sites.google.com/fbusd.us/district/covid-19-updates para Fort Bragg- Harbour RV, Woodside, Wildwood, Glass Beach Apartments, Ocean Estates son puntos de entrega. Ver Facebook o el sitio web para los tiempos. Llame al 961-3521 o envíe un correo electrónico a firstname.lastname@example.org para informarle a la escuela cuántos niños recogerá. También puede recoger comidas en Redwood y Dana Gray para cualquier niño menor de 18 años de lunes a jueves de 11: 00-1: 00. Se proporcionan tres días de comidas en cada recogida.
Las farmacias están haciendo entregas gratuitas y recogidas en el estacionamiento:
– Rite Aid maneja en horario de ventana: 8 am-8pm y 9-6 los sábados, 10-6 los domingos. No hay opciones de entrega en este momento.
– CVS maneja a través del horario de atención: 9-7 días laborables 10-5 los fines de semana. Tienen entregas y se hacen a través de USPS y una tarjeta de crédito debe estar en el archivo. No pueden enviar a un apartado de correos.
– MCP está recogiendo el estacionamiento, llame a la farmacia cuando se encuentre en el estacionamiento y están haciendo la entrega gratuita.
– MVP realiza entregas dentro de una milla de la autopista 1 a Cleone y a Sea Ranch. Están recogiendo el estacionamiento. Tarjeta de crédito registrada para que sea prepaga para ambos servicios.
– Safeway va a hacer la entrega, pero puede haber un cargo de hasta $ 15. Llame al 707-964-4079. Las entregas no se realizan por teléfono sino a través de su sitio web: https://delivery.safeway.com/
Apoyo para crisis y salud mental:
• Línea de ayuda- El Condado de Mendocino tiene ayuda para los que están preocupados, ansiosos o tienen preguntas. No es una línea de crisis. Lunes a viernes de 8:00 a.m. a 5:00 p.m.
• Línea de crisis de salud mental- 1-855-838-0404 o manda el texto TALK a 741741
• El departamento de Salud Pública tiene un numero de información sobre COVID-19 de 8:00 a.m. a 8:00 p.m. los siete días por semana 707-234-6052
We urge everyone to stay connected and reach out if you need more support. Talk to trusted friends about what you are feeling. If you are feeling particularly anxious or if you are struggling with your mental health, it’s ok to reach out to a mental health professional for support.
We are in this together, and help is always available. If you’re feeling alone and struggling, you can also reach out to Redwood Community Services Crisis Line 1-855-838-0404 or the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741. #staysafestaywell
Instamos a todos a mantenerse conectados y comunicarse si necesita más ayuda. Hable con amigos de confianza sobre lo que siente. Si se siente particularmente ansioso o si está luchando con su salud mental, está bien comunicarse con un profesional de salud mental para obtener ayuda.
Estamos juntos en esto y siempre hay ayuda disponible. Si se siente solo y tiene dificultades, también puede comunicarse con Redwood Community Services Crisis Line 1-855-838-0404 o la linea de crisis por texto enviando un mensaje de texto con la palabra TALK al 741741.
On March 23, 2020, MendoLatino, hosted by Diana Coryat and Loreto Rojas, produced a live call-in talk show in Spanish about the Coronavirus and its local impact. The program featured Dr. Georgina Calderon, a physician of Emergency Medicine at Adventist Hospital in Ukiah and Lucresha Renteria, Executive Director of Mendocino Coast Clinics. They discussed how to keep you and your family safe, the symptoms, what to do if you suspect you have been infected, where to get tested, and other details.
El lunes, 23 marzo 2020, MendoLatino, presentado por Diana Coryat y Loreto Rojas, realizaron un program en vivo conllamadas de la audiencia sobre el Coronavirus y su impacto local. El programa contó con la participatión de la Dra. Georgina Calderon, una doctora de medicina de emergencia de Adventist Hospital en Ukiah, y Lucresha Renteria, Directora Ejecutiva de Mendocino Coast Clinic. La conversación se dedicó a cómo mantener la salud de las personas y sus familias, cuáles son los síntomas, que hacer si se sospecha que se está infectado, dónde puede tomar la prueba, y otros detalles.
Happy Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day to our amazing Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Susie Macias! Susie is our food and nutrition expert, committed to improving the health of our patients and community. We appreciate her dedication as an advocate for helping our patients enjoy happier and healthier lives. Happy RDN Day, Susie! #behealthywithus
Many people are concerned about the coronavirus and whether it is affecting our community. Here are some facts you should know:
1. No one in Mendocino County has been diagnosed with COVID-19, also called the coronavirus; however, cases have been identified in Humboldt County and Sonoma County, so we should be prepared.
2. The best way to prevent the spread of coronavirus is to wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face. For more tips, visit cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html.
3. If you believe you may have the virus, please call us to make an appointment and make sure to let us know that this is the reason for the appointment. We will meet you in the parking lot for your safety and the safety of others. Same day slots are available and we will make sure you are seen that day if you let us know that you believe you have the coronavirus.
Our Medical Director, Dr. Lawrence Goldyn, would like our patients to know that the likelihood of a large outbreak of Coronavirus in our community is low.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 80% of infections are mild, no more severe than the common cold. So far, there have been 14 confirmed cases in the US and 40 other cases among people from the Diamond Princess cruise who were repatriated to the US. There has been one additional recent case in Northern California, in Solano County.
We should expect the number of cases to rise everywhere. But that does not mean the virus becomes more dangerous. The death rate from the virus is around 2%, close to that of influenza. So since influenza is so much more common, your risk of dying from influenza is much higher than the risk of dying from COVID 19.
Handwashing with soap and water continues to be a top recommendation to protect against the virus, since the abrasiveness of soap helps remove infectious particles from the hands. The use of alcohol based hand sanitizer is also effective.
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