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COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Updates

Let’s work together to keep everyone safe.

Boulder Medical Center continues to closely monitor COVID-19 updates from the Centers For Disease Control (CDC)Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, and Boulder County Public Health.

Letter from the Boulder Medical Center Board of Directors


Patient and Staff Screening

Boulder Medical Center performs multiple screenings of patients at the time of scheduling, on pre-visit calls, and upon arrival to the building. Staff members are also screened daily. If a patient is found to be untruthful to BMC providers or staff regarding their exposure, risk, or travel, they will be dismissed from the practice upon discovery.


COVID Screening Questions for Patients

Screening patients for COVID-19 before they enter our facilities is an important step we take to create a safer healthcare environment for all.

If you are scheduled for an appointment at Boulder Medical Center, please Click Here to view our COVID Screening Questions before coming in for an appointment. You will also be reminded by BMC to review the screening questions as your appointment draws closer.


Covid-19 Testing Sites in Boulder County

Covid-19 tests are available at multiple sites in Boulder County. An appointment is not needed, and there is not a charge for the test. Masks must be worn, and residents need to bring a form of identification to ensure that results are accurately recorded. Please click here for details and locations.


Masking and Social Distancing

Due to a shortage of children’s masks, please be sure that your children are equipped with face coverings when you arrive at BMC.

Boulder Medical Center requires universal masking for all patients and staff during their entire visit to all Boulder Medical Canter clinics. If not wearing a properly fitting mask upon arrival, patients will be given one.

Please wear your own mask. To conserve Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for medical staff use, we ask patients to wear their own masks when visiting our facilities.

Bandanas and neck gaiters are NOT allowed. Patients wearing a bandana, neck gaiter, or poor fitting mask will be given a mask before entering the building.

Masks for children:  Due to shortages of PPE masks for children, we emphasize that they are equipped with masks from home when visiting our clinics.

Social distancing: All of our clinics accommodate social distancing. We ask that all patients remain at least 6-feet apart while visiting Boulder Medical Center.


Guest / Visitor Policies

Guests are NOT permitted inside Boulder Medical Center facilities. Exceptions are for patients needing special assistance, a parent who is alone with their child/children, or special circumstances that have been approved by a specific provider or department.

This policy includes vendors and sales representatives, who are only allowed into clinics if previously cleared by BMC administration.


Masks with valves are not allowed in BMC clinics.

Caution:  Masks with Valves

We no longer allow patients to enter our facilities wearing masks with valves. Unfortunately, these masks do not block transmission of COVID-19 because they allow exhaled air and droplets to escape. If patients and guests come to Boulder Medical Center wearing one of these masks, our COVID screeners will give them a surgical mask to either replace the valved mask or wear over their valve mask.


Travel and Your Doctor Appointment

If you have recently traveled to areas of high and moderate risk:  To optimize patient and staff safety, we recommend patients consider rescheduling or converting your non-urgent/emergent BMC appointment to a telemedicine visit.  Not doing so may result in being screened out and denied access to BMC facilities.

Please visit the COVID Risk Level Page for local, national, and international locations to determine your destination risk level. U.S. locations are indicated down to the county level and consist of Red, Orange, Yellow, and Green designations.  BMC recommends that patients returning within 14 days from areas designated in red or orange to reschedule or convert your appointment to a telemedicine visit.

Resources


Telemedicine Appointments are Now Available

Most Boulder Medical Center providers are now available for virtual visits. Virtual visits enable patients to receive the care they need without leaving the comfort of home. Please check with your provider to ask if a video visit is right for you.  Click here to learn more about telemedicine at Boulder Medical Center.


BMC Provides a Separate, Isolated Clinic for Respiratory Symptoms

Boulder Medical Center separates those with respiratory illnesses from those who are coming to our facilities for well-visits, injuries, and other medical appointments.

Our Respiratory Isolation Clinic at BMC-Broadway in Boulder has a separate entrance and is sealed off from the rest of the building. Respiratory patients come to a separate parking area and entrance on the west side of the building. Registration and clinical assessment are completed in this area, and patients do not have access to the building’s remainder.

We optimize patient safety by separating well and sick visits at our other facilities by the time of day.


Urgent Care at BMC-Broadway is Open

We are taking every precaution to reduce the spread of infection so you can feel comfortable getting the medical attention you need. Our Urgent Care clinic is available as your first choice for illnesses and injuries that are not life-threatening or if your primary care provider is not available.

Boulder Medical Center provides an Urgent Care setting that is separate from our isolation respiratory clinic. To optimize safety, masks are required for all patients, and staff and social distancing measures are in place.

Boulder Medical Center Urgent Care Our clinic is staffed by physicians and registered nurses  (mostly family practice and/or emergency room specialists) seven days a week.

Click Here to learn more.


Enhanced Cleaning and Sanitizing

Every Boulder Medical Center facility and each clinical team perform multiple specialized cleaning protocols throughout the day, using healthcare-grade disinfecting products. We are confident that we can provide provider medical care in a safe environment.


About Medical Procedures and Surgery

Boulder Medical Center physicians have begun to perform some surgeries and other procedures that were delayed during the first weeks of the COVID-19 outbreak. If you need surgery or a procedure, contact your BMC provider to see what options are available.

We are encouraging patients to consider moving forward with care by scheduling a consultation with their provider. Your BMC provider can recommend the next steps and, if surgery is advised, will guide you through pre-operative procedures and scheduling of your procedure,


 How To:  COVID-19 Testing at Boulder Medical Center

  • Patients desiring a test must complete a telemedicine or in-person appointment with their BMC provider or urgent care respiratory clinic provider to ensure they meet clinical, regulatory, and payer criteria before receiving the test;
  • Regarding doctor’s orders for COVID-19 tests, BMC providers follow the Colorado Department of Health & Environment guidelines.

 

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