(last updated 8.12.2021)
Your safety and health are Piedmont Cancer Institute’s (PCI) priority. We continue to monitor COVID-19 very closely and take steps to limit the spread of this and other serious respiratory illnesses.
The recent surge in COVID-19 cases has prompted another change in PCI patient and visitor policies. Please read carefully so you know what to expect in our offices.
If you are coming to a PCI office, we ask that you come by yourself if feasible. If you require assistance, please bring only ONE direct caregiver. A maximum of one person may accompany you to the exam room and NO visitors are allowed in the Infusion Suite. Visitors of patients being treated in the Infusion Suite will be required to wait somewhere besides PCI reception areas. Unfortunately, waiting areas are limited and you may need to wait in your car. All patients and visitors will be required to wear a mask covering the mouth and nose during the entirety of their visit, regardless of their vaccination status. Additionally, all patients and visitors will go through a wellness screening before entering the assessment and treatment areas of the office.
All patients with fever (temperature greater than 100°), body aches, and/or respiratory symptoms such as cough and/or shortness of breath are asked to call and report their symptoms to their physician’s nurse prior to their appointment. Because of the large volume of immunocompromised patients treated in our offices, patients with fever plus other symptoms may be referred elsewhere for evaluation and treatment. Caregivers and visitors with fever and/or respiratory symptoms are asked to avoid coming to our offices and encouraged to seek medical evaluation.
Patients and caregivers who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 may return to a Piedmont Cancer Institute location only after the criteria for discontinuing home isolation have been met. The criteria can be found here- https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/disposition-in-home-patients.html.
Unvaccinated individuals who have had direct exposure (within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more) to someone with laboratory confirmed COVID-19 or direct exposure to someone with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and/or pending test results should follow the guidance found here-https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/public-health-recommendations.html). If you have an appointment scheduled during the required 14-day quarantine, please call your local Piedmont Cancer Institute location and reschedule for a later date or change your appointment to a telehealth visit.
Individuals who are fully vaccinated (at least 2 weeks have passed since completing a COVID-19 vaccination series of 1 or 2 doses depending on the product) are not required to quarantine following an exposure as long as they have no symptoms of COVID-19. However, they should get tested 3-5 days following the exposure and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days after exposure or until a negative test result. Additional guidance can be found here- https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html
The physicians and advance practitioners of Piedmont Cancer Institute encourage all individuals to receive vaccination against COVID-19. Vaccines are readily available in the community and can be located using the CDC Vaccine Finder- https://www.vaccines.gov/. For specific answers to Frequently Asked Questions, click here-https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html).