(last updated 10.25.2021)
Your safety and health are Piedmont Cancer Institute’s priority. We continue to monitor COVID-19 very closely and take steps to limit the spread of this and other serious respiratory illnesses. As COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to decline, we are cautiously revising our patient and visitor policies.
If you are coming to a PCI office, we ask that you bring no more than two individuals with you for visits with your healthcare provider. While two visitors per patient are acceptable in the exam rooms and reception areas, only one visitor per patient is allowed in our Infusion Suites. ALL PATIENTS AND VISITORS WILL BE REQUIRED TO WEAR A MASK WHEN ENTERING A PCI LOCATION (regardless of vaccination status) and must and go through wellness screening questions 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/duration-isolation.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.
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/search/. For individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial series:
- 65 years and older
- Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings
- Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-medical-conditions.html)
- Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings
For the nearly 15 million people who got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.
For specific answers to Frequently Asked Questions, click here- https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html).