We have had to make the difficult decision to close the clinic this upcoming Thursday, Friday and Saturday (May 14-16).
This will allow our clinic to be thoroughly cleaned more than once and will hopefully give us the time to get the entire AtlasVet team healthy and COVID-19 tested prior to re-opening on Monday, May 18.
We will get your appointments and surgeries rescheduled as quickly as we can.
Although we cannot see patients, we will have a small team working remotely from their homes. We will do our best to keep up with your emailed pet questions and refill requests. Please give us 24 hours to get back to you.
We are sad not to be able to serve our AV Faithful for this short window, but we are convinced this is the best course of action for our staff, for you and your pets, and for the longevity of AtlasVet.
Please be safe, be good to one another, wear your masks and continue to wash your paws...ah, er hands.
Matthew Antkowiak, DVM
We have been lucky to this point, but we have a staff member that has tested positive for COVID-19. Luckily, this staff member was not having clinical signs while working, and self-quarantined when the single clinical sign developed.
Thanks to the stringent AtlasVet COVID-19 protocols, this staff member was wearing PPE while in the clinic (mask while on clinic premises) and following our in-house safety protocols (frequent washing of hands, maintaining social distancing from other employees). This makes potential transmission to fellow employees “Low Risk” according to CDC guidelines. AtlasVet has also been split into two teams since March 24th and the team working Monday – Wednesday had no contact with this employee. Additionally, this employee did not have contact with any of our clients.
We learned of the positive test this afternoon, Sunday May 10th. The employee has not been in the building for 4 days. AtlasVet is going to perform a deep clean of the premises at 6am tomorrow, Monday May 11th, and will be opening an hour late to allow the cleaners to finish their thorough cleaning.
We will be asking employees to monitor their own clinical signs, and not return to work if clinical signs consistent with COVID-19 are present. All employees are being asked to take their own temperature prior to coming to work each day.
We strongly feel that by instituting our COVID-19 protocols when we did, that we have done everything we could to prevent potential transmission of the virus to AtlasVet Team Members and to our clients.
The safety of our employees, our clients, and our patients, remains paramount in every protocol that we enact.
Thank you for your ongoing support and stay safe,
Dr. Antkowiak & Dr. Miller
The recent diagnoses of COVID-19 in two cats in New York State has pet owners asking a lot of very good questions. Here we address the most common questions: