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COVID-19 Information

As the information regarding COVID-19 is ever changing, please be assured that Virginia Hospital Center is working closely with state and local officials to ensure the safety of our patients, providers and staff. The VHC Physician Group is implementing the following changes:

  1. Online Scheduling for all VHC Physician Group practices has been temporarily suspended. To make an appointment, call your practice’s office directly.
  2. All patients are being asked to reschedule preventative and non-urgent visits. Preventative and non-urgent visits will be rescheduled 60 days from their original appointment date. Patients scheduled for urgent visits will not be rescheduled.
  3. All patients calling to schedule an appointment will be asked the COVID-19 screening questions, regardless of the reason for the visit.

Telephone and Telehealth Visits Now Offered

In an effort to slow down the spread of the COVID-19 virus and maintain the safety of all patients, visitors, staff and providers, the VHC Physician Group is excited to offer Telephone and Telehealth Visits. These visits are scheduled appointments with a VHC Physician Group provider that makes it possible for patients to receive medical care from their provider without having to leave the safety of their home.

Telephone Visits

A Telephone Visit is a scheduled appointment with a VHC Physician Group provider that takes place over the phone rather than in the office. Every VHC Physician Group practice and provider is currently offering Telephone Visits to new or established patients with a medical concern. Telephone Visits are not intended for routine physicals or pre-op appointments.
To schedule a Telephone Visit appointment, please call a VHC Physician Group practice directly.

Video Telehealth Visits

A Video Telehealth Visit is a scheduled appointment with a VHC Physician Group Primary Care provider that takes place over video conference rather than in the office. The VHC Physician Group is offering these visits to new or established patients with a medical concern. Video Telehealth Visits are not intended for routine physicals or pre-op appointments.

Right now, a number of Primary Care providers in the VHC Physician Group are offering Video Telehealth Visits. These Visits will be available in the near future for Cardiology, OB/GYN, and Urology patients.

To schedule a Primary Care Video Telehealth Visit, please call your Primary Care Provider’s office.

What should you do to stay healthy?

Information published by the CDC and World Health Organization (WHO) recommend you take the usual precautions for avoiding respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with someone who is sick.

What should you do if you feel ill and need to seek treatment?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a flu-like respiratory illness that begins with a cough and fever. If you have a fever and cough, or difficulty breathing, seek medical services from your primary care provider.

Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at a higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. Please consult with your healthcare provider about additional steps you may be able to take to protect yourself.

Appointment-Only COVID-19 Sample Collection Site

Virginia Hospital Center (VHC) has partnered with the Arlington County Public Health Department, the Arlington County Police Department, the Arlington County Fire Department, the Arlington County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Environmental Services to open a temporary drive-through COVID-19 sample collection site at 1429 N. Quincy Street.

This site is for sample collection from symptomatic patients (fevers, chills, cough, or shortness of breath) who have received a written order for COVID-19 testing from a licensed healthcare provider. This is not meant for asymptomatic patients, even those who have had a close contact with a known COVID-19 patient.

Requirements for visiting the COVID-19 Sample Collection Site:

  • Patients must be 18 years and older, Arlington residents, Arlington County Government employees and Arlington Public Schools employees, and patients of VHC Medical Staff.
  • Patients must have a written order for COVID-19 testing from a licensed healthcare provider. Physicians with symptomatic patients can send orders to the Virginia Hospital Center outpatient lab electronically in EPIC or via fax to 703.558.2448.
  • Patients must schedule an appointment before visiting the collection site. Once they have received a physician’s order, patients should call the VHC COVID-19 Scheduling Line at 703.558.5766 between the hours of 8:30 am and 3:00 pm.
  • Individuals arriving at the drive-through site will be asked to remain in their cars.

The sample collection center will remain open on weekdays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Individuals who visit the collection site are encouraged to follow the instructions of their health care provider and self-quarantine while they await their results. Test results will be available to the patient within five to seven business days.

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