Dr. Sheela Prabhu of Guthrie Clinic speaks at a press conference on March 19, 2020. Screenshot via YouTube

Guthrie Clinic announced that it is suspending non-emergency procedures and physicals and other "healthy" visits, through April 10.

All incoming patients are being screened and have their temperatures taken.

"If one of the questions about travel or fever or other symptoms is positive ... that patient is given a mask to put on and taken to a room as quickly as possible where they are isolated," Dr. Michael Scalzone, Guthrie's chief quality officer, said at a press conference held on Thursday and released online.

No patients have tested positive through Guthrie labs or hospitals yet, Scalzone said, with 134 tests conducted so far.

Testing, at this point, is a nasal swab, according to Scalzone. The hospital calls the Department of Health and asks if it's an appropriate patient to test

Preventive measures Guthrie has implemented include screening all visitation, as mandated by the state, with priority given to caregivers and those visiting people at the end of their life; moving employees who can to work from home; and increased remote telemedicine visits.

Guthrie has established two information lines dedicated to answering questions about COVID-19, with lines open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Healthy visits, according to Guthrie, include annual physicals, well-child visits (except newborn checks), dental cleanings, hearing and eye exams, routine labs and some post-op visits.

Dr. Sheela Prabhu, internal medicine, said she is telling her patients that older people, 65 and above, that they are the most at risk, especially if they have lung disease, heart disease, hypertension, or diabetes. People feeling well should stay home. People who are not feeling well should call a provider for an assessment, if they should come in for a test.

All non-emergency procedures and surgeries are suspended at Guthrie hospitals in Sayre, Towanda, and Troy, as well as facilities in Corning, Cortland, and Big Flats, N.Y.

Urgent and emergency procedures will continue at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, as well as Cortland.