March 17, 2020
Dear Patients, Families and Community members of the Brighter Beginnings Family Health Centers (BBFHC),
As part of the nationwide effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, the Brighter Beginnings Family Health Centers in Antioch (2213 Buchanan Rd., Suite 103) and Richmond (2727 Macdonald Ave.) is working hard to create new admittance protocols in the clinics to protect our patients and the communities we serve. Patients are being screened before entering our clinic. If after being screened, patients who may have been exposed will be seen in their car or outside the clinic and given guidance about how to get tested.
We are now offering Telemedicine (phone appointments with your provider) for both our behavioral health and medical appointments. We are encouraging all patients to call us to set up a telemedicine appointment if you or a family member has a fever, cough and shortness of breath or has been out of the United States in the last 21 days. Please call our intake lines at (510) 213-6681 or (925) 303-4780.
Most Importantly – What can YOU do to help you and your family stay healthy?
- Stay Home. Avoid public spaces where you cannot leave more than six feet between you and another person. Leave your home only for essential needs.
- Hand washing. Hand washing is still the most effective way to reduce your risk of COVID-19 and other illnesses, like flu, which continues to make people sick.
- Cover your cough and sneeze. Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow. Dispose of tissues in the trash immediately after use.
- Stay home when you are sick. Follow the good practice of staying home when you have symptoms you can spread to others.
- There is no need to wear a mask to keep your family safe. Healthy people do not benefit from wearing a mask. Using a mask incorrectly can increase your risk of infection. If you are caring for a sick person at home, they may help decrease the spread by wearing a simple surgical mask.
- Help your children feel secure. Help them feel a sense of security by maintaining a routine at home and being available for their questions. Be mindful of what children may hear on the news or in conversations around them. Focus on the things you are doing to help your family stay well.
We will continue to share updates as we receive them. Please rely only on vetted information sources for updates. These are the links and organizations we trust for our information:
Contra Costa Health Services https://cchealth.org
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/
Again, if you have any urgent needs please call us to make an appointment or schedule a telehealth visit; (510) 213-6681 or (925) 303-4780. We can also help you with the Census 2020 – make sure you Count! Ask how we can help!
Babrara Bunn McCullough
Chief Operating Officer (CEO)