Here is the summary of the conference held by Kaiser Permanente in regard to COVID-19. Here are the highlights:
  • We are not experiencing a prescription drug shortage
  • Only about 2% of people infected are in danger
  • There is no shortage in tests, only shortage in staff to administer tests to everyone who asks
  • KP is trying not to “waste” tests on those experiencing symptoms but have not had contact with someone confirmed to have the virus
  • Member should self-isolate when they are experiencing fever or shortness of breath, or if they are asymptomatic but have come into close contact with someone who tested positive
  • KP is implementing “TeleCare,” which provides a virtual doctor to patients who can use chat to describe symptoms and issues
  • Starting March 16th and until further notice, KP is cancelling “non-essential” appointments.
  • KP suggests using pharmacy delivery for medications during this time
  • Here are KP locations open until further notice:
    • Open for urgent care: Aurora Centrepoint, Lakewood, LoneTree
    • Primary care (appointment only): Acero in Pueblo, Arapahoe in Centennial, Loveland, Parkside in Colorado Springs, Rock Creek in Lafayette, Skyline in Denver
    • Specialty Care: Lone Tree office in Denver, Franklin office in Denver, Rock Creek office in Lafayette
    • Triage/COVID-19 Testing locations: Loveland, Rock Creek, Westminster, Lakewood, Aurora, Lone Tree, Parkside, Acero